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Faculty leaders meet with Senator Kim Carr on research collaboration


22 February 2013

(L-R) Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, Senator Kim Carr and Associate Professor Sallie Pearson from the Faculty of Pharmacy.
(L-R) Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, Senator Kim Carr and Associate Professor Sallie Pearson from the Faculty of Pharmacy.

Senator the Hon Kim Carr visited the University on Tuesday and met with researchers from various faculties to discuss strengthening collaboration between the government and academics.

Dean of Pharmacy, Professor Iqbal Ramzan hosted the visit and Associate Professor Sallie Pearson, Head of Pharmacy's Pharmacoeopidemiology and Pharmaceutical Policy Research Group, chaired the discussions, which were also attended by Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence, the University's Director of Research Development Dr Andrew Black and senior researchers from the Faculties of Medicine, Arts and Social Sciences, Health Sciences and Science.

The meeting was part of Senator Carr's desire for the Department of Human Services to improve its collaborative relationship with researchers at the University to develop a deeper understanding of issues relating to public health and wellbeing.

Senator Carr said such collaboration could enable the sort of projects that are otherwise off the table, such as longitudinal studies of people from birth to death, modelling of poverty through the generations, and research that provides sophisticated, modern and robust evidence that could be used to improve people's lives.

Professor Iqbal Ramzan said "This meeting was an important step to bring government and academia closer for the benefit of the public health sphere. Publicly-funded agencies rely on robust evidence to measure their effectiveness and that is what our Faculty and others at the University provide."

"It is pleasing to know the work of our researchers will be put to good use, in a multidisciplinary effort to improve the lives of Australians," Professor Ramzan said.

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