Concord Clinical School at Concord Repatriation General Hospital
Concord Repatriation General Hospital (CRGH) is situated on a peninsula between Brays Bay and Yaralla Bay on the Parramatta River, 15 km from the main University campus. The hospital was originally established to care for veterans and their families but has taken on a community role since 1974. In 1993 it was incorporated into the Central Sydney Area Health Service as a tertiary referral hospital within the New South Wales Health Department network, allowing the hospital to enhance its services for the general non-veteran population. Concord Hospital is a multi-specialist hospital which consists of 750 beds covering most specialities including the Concord Centre for Mental Health. In addition to its tertiary referral function, the hospital serves the local area and has strong links with local medical practices.
The hospital is committed to teaching and research. For many years it has been one of the most sought after hospitals for junior medical officer and registrar appointments. It provides a supportive and cooperative environment for integrated, inter-disciplinary learning at all levels. Concord Hospital has been a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney since 1963. A new high technology Medical Education Centre building was opened in 2012 with advanced skills laboratories, a traditional library and pathology museum, as well as a café.
One of the special research focuses of CRGH is the ANZAC Research Institute, a state of the art research facility situated on the grounds of Concord Hospital, is an NHMRC accredited independent medical research institute. It opened in late 2000 and has a unique primary focus on ageing. The Institute undertakes a comprehensive range of internationally competitive biomedical research at all levels including basic, clinical, epidemiology and public health research. Five intramural groups conduct laboratory research in the areas of Andrology (head: Professor D J Handelsman), Bone Biology (head: Professor M J Seibel), Biogerontology (head: Professor D Le Couteur), Neurobiology (head: Professor G M Nicholson) and Vascular Biology (head: Associate Professor L Kritharides). It has flourished, providing a strong and growing research environment including opportunities for medical research leading to Master's and PhD degrees for graduate students and medical professional trainees.
Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI)
Australia has the world's highest incidence of malignant mesothelioma per capita. As a response to the increasing incidence of malignant mesothelioma, the ADRI located in the Bernie Banton Centre, was established by the Asbestos Diseases Research Foundation (ADRF), a charitable, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to assist and support the research efforts of ADRI into asbestos-related diseases. Professor Nico van Zandwijk, is the Director of the ADRI which aims to improve the prevention, the diagnosis and treatment of asbestos-related diseases.
The Centre for Education and Research on Ageing (CERA) is a joint facility of the University of Sydney Discipline of Medicine and Concord Repatriation General Hospital, a unit of Central Sydney Area Health Service. CERA is a multidisciplinary centre that aims to improve the health and quality of life of older people through research into ageing, diseases of old age and service delivery.
The NSW Institute of Sports Medicine, situated at Concord Hospital, focuses on research, multidisciplinary sports medicine assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation services for elite and recreational athletes and provides training opportunities, both undergraduate and postgraduate, in sports medicine. The hospital was one of the Olympic hospitals for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Medical student teaching facilities were enhanced in 1997 with purpose-built problem based learning rooms, small lecture rooms, a clinical skills centre, pathology museum and large library. A new Clinical Education Centre is in the planning stages. Medical student facilities include a common room, kitchen, study area, television and pool table. In addition, there are swimming pools and tennis courts on the hospital site. Low cost live-in accommodation with kitchen facilities is available on a limited basis. Transport is available from the city, Strathfield and Ryde by bus and by train from the city and the northern line via Rhodes Station. Car parking is available.
CRGH is renowned for combining its teaching and scientific excellence.