Melbourne collaboration one of world’s best for medical research and patient care

April 15 / 155


The Melbourne Healthcare Partners Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre, coordinated by Melbourne Health, has been recognised as one of the world’s best for using medical research to improve patient care by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


In an announcement made by the Minister for Health, the Hon. Sussan Ley, and the NHMRC, the Melbourne Healthcare Partners Advanced Health Research and Translation Centre was recognised as only one of four Advanced Health and Research Translation Centres in Australia.


Melbourne Healthcare Partners involves the University of Melbourne and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research as well as Austin Health, Mercy Health, Melbourne Health, Northern Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, and Western Health, together with supporting partners the Bionics Institute, Centre for Eye Research Australia, CSL Limited, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute,  and St Vincent’s Institute for Medical Research.


The international review panel of Professor Sir Robert Lechler (Kings College London), Professor Dermott Kelleher (Imperial College London), Prof. Tom Walley (Liverpool University), and Professor Martin Schechter (University of British Columbia), considered Melbourne Healthcare Partners was at the top international level.  


The panel noted leadership in four main research themes – cancer, neurosciences, child health and immunology and infectious diseases.


Professor Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor, said this recognition was a great example of the high benchmark Melbourne’s healthcare and research institutions set themselves in translating medical research advances into clinical practice.


“This initiative is an acknowledgement of the importance of embedding biomedical researchers in clinical settings to speed the translation of research into clinical outcomes for patients, an approach which can produce globally transformative interventions such as the invention of the Cochlear Implant by Graeme Clark and his team. The ultimate goal of the Centre is to improve the health of patients and reduce the time patients spend in hospital care.”


Story by Anne Rahilly

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