Earlier this year and in response to the University’s desire to reduce the complexity of its organisation and academic structure, management of the Faculty of Health and Menzies Institute developed a proposal to form a College.
The rationale behind the proposal focused on the creation of greater synergies and opportunities for improved research performance through collaborative and interdisciplinary research across Menzies, Medicine, Health Sciences and Wicking.
I am pleased to advise that the University’s Academic Senate and Council have formally approved the proposal and endorsed the formation of the College of Health and Medicine to come in to effect on 1 January, 2018.
The College of Health and Medicine will incorporate Menzies, School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, and Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre.
The College will generate exciting opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and research as well as enhanced engagement opportunities with industry. High-quality health professional learning and teaching and health workforce development will be undertaken in collaboration with communities, health service partners and industry. The College will also facilitate more coordinated links with government, health services and health professionals to support research translation into clinical practice and policy.
The formation of the College will be largely administrative and will not affect the delivery of teaching programs. It aims to provide greater synergies, boosting interdisciplinary teaching and research and resulting in a broader range of national and international opportunities and professional experiences for our students and staff.
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Denise Fassett to the role of Executive Dean of the College of Health and Medicine, effective immediately. Joining Professor Fassett in the leadership of the College will be Professor Alison Venn and other senior representatives from the existing Menzies Institute and Faculty of Health.
Their initial focus will be on ensuring business continuity during the transition and overseeing the necessary governance, strategic and operational changes are in place for the launch date of 1 January.
Thank you for your on-going support as we continue to position the University for the future, providing greater academic opportunities for our students while further supporting excellence in teaching and research. - Mike Calford, Provost