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21 February 2014

Professional service unit (PSU) leaders discuss how their services can help the University achieve global leadership in collaborative cross-disciplinary research and education through integrated 'Strategic Collaborative Programs'.

 

The University's work to maximise the impact of its health and medical research took a major step forward yesterday with the announcement that Professor Michael Reid, a leader in Australian health care, will chair a high-level steering committee to guide our response to the recommendations of last year's Health and Medical Research Strategic Review (HMR).

The review advised the University on how to optimise its strengths to achieve global leadership in collaborative cross-disciplinary research, aimed at solving society's significant health challenges amid major changes to the sector in Australia and overseas.

Professor Reid has spent more than 30 years working in the health and human services industry, as a public sector manager, a reviewer of health systems, a reformer of health agencies and a planner of health services. His roles have included a period as Director General of both NSW Health and Queensland Health and as chief of staff to former federal health minister Nicola Roxon.

"His ability to get people on board and work on challenging projects means he is the ideal person to help the University focus and optimise our resources in a way that will increase our impact and leverage our strengths," said Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

The recommendations of the HMR included the establishment of four strategic priority areas for research focus to 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.

Professor Reid's appointment is the latest development in work led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella to progress the review's recommendations.

She has been working on a high-level roadmap to guide implementation, and last week professional service unit (PSU) leaders gathered in the first of a series of workshops to discuss how their services can help the University achieve global leadership in collaborative cross-disciplinary research and education through integrated 'Strategic Collaborative Programs'.

"The workshop invigorated discussion across and within PSUs. It was a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the level of coherence, interdependency and resources required across PSUs to support the University's vision for research and education," said Professor Trewhella.

The workshop included representatives of ICT, Finance, Campus Infrastructure and Services, HR, Marketing and Communications, the Office of General Counsel and others.

"Our next step is to bring together key academic leaders to consider how best to develop and structure the collaborative cross-disciplinary research and education programs that the University wants to invest in," Professor Trewhella added.

This is the first of many stages of consultation - keep an eye out for further updates on Strategic Collaboration Programs in future editions of Staff News.