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Rediscovering university teaching hospitals for Australia

Leon Piterman
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (5): 285-286.
Published online: 2 March 2009

To the Editor: The recent article by Penington, highlighting the apparent neglect by Australian hospitals of actively participating in research over the past two decades,1 is both timely and concerning. During this time, many of our hospitals have seen themselves increasingly as clinical service providers, with teaching and research perceived as additional costs rather than contributions to their status, to the quality of patient care and to clinical and scientific discovery.

  • Leon Piterman

  • School of Primary Health Care, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.


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