Burnet a key to Monash Partners

Angus Morgan

21 October, 2015

Professor Christina Mitchell, Council Chair of Monash Partners, Australia’s top-ranked Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC), has paid tribute to Burnet Institute’s key role within the Centre.

Burnet is one of eight independent, world class providers of health services, research and education that go to make up Monash Partners, including Alfred Health, Baker IDI, Monash University and Monash Health.

Delivering the keynote address Challenges in medical research: what can academic health science centres deliver? as part of Alfred Health Week, Professor Mitchell compared a range of AHSC models internationally.

“The essence of an Academic Health Science Centre is to link the three elements of health improvement – research, best practice and education, across a health care network,” Professor Mitchell said.

“That’s the biggest thing, they get people together across a network.

“So, for example, the Intensive Care people from Alfred Health can do research with Intensive Care people from Monash Health.

“That can be translated into a bigger context, and collaboration drives research success.”

Professor Mitchell, who’s also Dean of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University and a Burnet Director, said Burnet has a special role to play within Monash Partners.

“I think Burnet offers tremendous expertise in infectious diseases, both in terms of prevention for vaccines and the large population spread, and its reach in global health is extraordinary,” Professor Mitchell said.

“Burnet is a key partner with a unique role within this particular Centre.

“There are some incredibly strong academic leaders within Burnet and they’ve been really important for the development and the success of the Centre.

“Burnet helps to distinguish this Centre from others in the sense that its global outreach and global health initiatives are really important, and gives us that international link that we would not otherwise have.”

Alfred Health Week runs from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October and includes the presentation of Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) research prizes and poster displays showcasing research from across AMREP.


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