“When you have seen one AHSC, you have seen just one AHSC” — Academic Health Sciences Centre, National Task Force Final Report1
Australia’s health system is struggling to meet demand and expectations. Demand is driven by an increasing burden of chronic non-infectious disease associated with ageing.2 Expectations of cutting-edge care for all are set by the public and by government.3 Meeting these demands and expectations will be possible only with substantial effort in research and education as part of health service delivery. Separation of funding for research and education from the delivery of patient care diminishes the opportunity for mutually enhancing integration, and for expenditure efficiencies.4,5
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