Dean's inaugural reception
22 February 2013
Over eighty guests, including Professors of the faculty and external stakeholders attended an inaugural breakfast reception at the University's Camperdown campus yesterday to meet Professor Kathryn Refshauge, after her appointment as Dean last year. The group was brought together to discuss the Faculty's focus and strategic priorities for 2013, including how best to work with the broader community and external stakeholders in teaching, research and community engagement to achieve common objectives.
"We want to achieve greater integration of the faculty with the community, working together in partnership" Professor Refshauge said.
Guest speaker Dr Teresa Anderson, an alumna of the faculty and Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, spoke on the challenges facing allied health, including the need to provide better access to services, improve accountability and transparency, increase clinical engagement and establish a stronger financial basis for the health system into the future.
"Most countries, including our own, are grappling with how to create a sustainable health system for the future," commented Dr Anderson. She suggested that innovation, including a focus on strategic relationships and collaboration, as well as being performance driven and responsive to community need will be key to achieving this.
Attendees on the day were enthusiastic in their support for the need to find new ways to better integrate the Faculty's expertise and activities with the broader community of allied health stakeholders, so as to best meet these growing challenges and opportunities.