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Academic Health Science Centres way forward says former Burnet Insitute Director

Burnet Institute

07 September, 2011

Professor Steve Wesselingh is the new CEO of the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Former Burnet Institute Director Professor Steve Wesselingh has told a packed AMREP seminar room that Academic Health Science Centres are the way forward for research and healthcare in Australia.

Professor Wesselingh offered insights into leaderships of health and medical research based on his vast experience for the last Director’s Seminar Series at the Burnet Institute.

He said building better links between medical research and health care delivery in an important step to improving health outcomes.

“AMREP has a major opportunity to be an Academic Health Science Centre and I expect NHMRC to call for expressions of interest for these centres by the end of this year,” Professor Wesselingh said.

The United Kingdon has adopted the Academic Health Science Centre model with five in operation and plans for two more.

“The UK has universities in the top 10 in the world and the top five in Europe but, the National Health Service (NHS) outcomes were some of the worst in Europe,” Professor Wesselingh explained.

“The NHS needed a stronger culture to support research.”

Professor Wesselingh also went through the plans for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) – where he is taking up the role of CEO in October.

“SAHMRI will be on the same site as the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and will provide world-class health and medical research through integrated multi-institutional teams.”

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