Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), announced Melbourne Healthcare Partners as only one of four Advanced Health and Research Translation Centres in Australia. Each one of the four selected centres was judged to be on par with the world’s best research and translation centres by a panel of international experts.
Melbourne Healthcare Partners is a collaboration between the some of the nation’s best medical, education and healthcare institutions, with the aim of fostering research translation.
The hospitals involved in Melbourne Healthcare Partners include the teaching hospitals affiliated with the University of Melbourne, including The Royal Children’s Hospital. Murdoch Children's Research Institute is in academic partner in the initiative, along with the University of Melbourne, Florey Institute, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, St Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research, Bionics Institute, Centre for Eye Research Australia and CSL Ltd.
Murdoch Children's Director Professor Kathryn North, was one of the representatives of Melbourne Healthcare Partners during the submission and interview process and has been highly supportive of the need for collaboration across the Parkville Precinct and the Melbourne region.
“The Institute is enormously proud to be able to work in a partnership that is arguably one of the best in the world. It shows a real commitment to translation of evidence into excellent patient care, particularly for the most complex cases where a joint effort is often required across many organisations and health practitioners.”
The judging panel, made of up leading international experts, considered the Melbourne Healthcare Partners was at the top international level. The panel partularly noted leadership in four main research themes – cancer, neurosciences, child health, and immunology and infectious diseases.
“If we are to maintain our world-class healthcare system in Australia, it is essential that we find better and more efficient ways to integrate the findings of research into patient care, especially for the youngest and most vulnerable members of society,” Professor North said.