University of Sydney News | 14 June 2013
Following an extensive independent review, Sydney University is set to focus its health and medical research on four priority health and medical priority areas – obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental health and neuroscience and infectious diseases.
The Health and Medical Research Strategic Review, chaired by Peter Wills AC, was commissioned by vice-chancellor Michael Spence to assist the university “to strategically position itself over the next decade amidst changes to the health and medical research sector in Australia and globally”.
The university says that while it has a proud tradition of health and medical research that has scale, quality, breadth of capability, recent NSW and Commonwealth Government health and medical research reviews herald major reforms in funding priorities, with a shift towards rewarding large scale partnerships and collaborations that address major community health challenges and heath care costs.
The Review’s recommendations include:
- The establishment of four strategic priority areas for research focus that build on the University’s research strengths, inspire its researchers and address national and international health challenges – obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease; cancer; mental health and neuroscience; and infectious diseases. Within these areas optimising capacity to contribute to integrated healthcare, population health and health services, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, as well as increasing industry links and our focus on practical application.
- Facilitating research excellence and impact by making strengths in these strategic areas highly visible to health care providers and industry, to support strong partnerships that increase opportunities for translation and commercialisation. Making outstanding staff supported by state-of-the-art research facilities the hallmarks of its research excellence. This includes placing renewed emphasis on support and training to attract and retain researchers of the highest quality.
- Establishing strong effective governance with clear lines of authority accountability and responsibility to enhance overall research performance and enable greater integration with the health care provider network to increase translation into better health outcomes for individuals, communities and populations.
- Enhancing business processes and IT systems to facilitate cross-disciplinary, cross-faculty and cross-organisational health and medical research.