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Academic health science centres in Australia: let’s get competitive

Nicholas M Fisk, Steven L Wesselingh, Justin J Beilby, Nicholas J Glasgow, Ian B Puddey, Bruce G Robinson, James A Angus and Peter J Smith
Med J Aust 2011; 194 (2): 59-60.
Published online: 17 January 2011

Joining university to clinical service, research to practice

The model of the academic health science centre (AHSC) arose decades ago in the United States,1 and is now internationally well established, with 17 centres in Canada, eight in Holland, five in the United Kingdom, two in Singapore, but none in Australia. An AHSC is where a leading university joins with a major tertiary health care provider in a tripartite mission of excellence in clinical service, research and education. AHSCs drive a care continuum from innovation, to bedside, to the community, endeavouring to ensure that the latest advances and highest standards reach patients. They are so well established abroad that the debate has moved on to extending AHSCs into systems or networks to embrace primary health care and global responsibilities.2

  • Nicholas M Fisk1
  • Steven L Wesselingh2
  • Justin J Beilby3
  • Nicholas J Glasgow4
  • Ian B Puddey5
  • Bruce G Robinson6
  • James A Angus7
  • Peter J Smith8

  • 1 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.
  • 2 Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 4 Faculty of Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT.
  • 5 Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth, WA.
  • 6 Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
  • 7 Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 8 Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW.

Correspondence: n.fisk@uq.edu.au

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