The Faculty of Health and Menzies Institute for Medical Research executives are proposing a strategic alignment through the formation of a new College of Health and Medicine. The name of the College has been suggested as it speaks to all disciplines of the current academic units proposed for incorporation:
- Menzies Institute for Medical Research
- School of Medicine
- School of Health Sciences
- Wicking Dementia Education and Research Centre
The proposal of the College follows a series of conversations around how best to position the University for the future, and how to remain at the forefront of world-class medical research, education and clinical translation.
While the formation of the proposed College of Health and Medicine would have minimal impact on the vast majority of staff, who would continue to carry out their roles in much the same way, this is an important opportunity to review and address inefficient organisational practices.
The College would be led by a Pro Vice-Chancellor and structured to facilitate a high performing culture to achieve research excellence and quality education programs across the health and medicine disciplines. The formation of the College would also broaden access for students to internationally recognised research.
The formation of the College would allow those areas of the University focused on the delivery of world class health and medical research to work together unencumbered by the current structural imperatives.
The move would also facilitate greater links with government, health services and health professionals to support research translation into clinical practice and policy.
Importantly, it is considered that the key institutional priorities around academic mission and delivery of world-standing research would be better served by the formation of the College. Unique and critical aspects of existing operations will be taken into account if the establishment of the College proceeds.
The proposal will be considered by Academic Senate and University Council in the coming months.
We will keep staff and students informed of how the proposal progresses.
Best wishes and thank you all,
Denise and the Faculty Management Team