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Collaboration agreements with the University of Sydney.

An historic alliance for health

July 2018

Collaboration agreements with the University of Sydney.

Collaboration agreements with the University of Sydney.

Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney have signed historic agreements that formalises the longstanding relationship between the two institutions.

The collaboration between Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital - the premier teaching hospital of the District - and the University is one of the most significant health-related partnerships in the history of NSW.

RPA became the first teaching hospital of the University in 1882. For the last 136 years, RPA and the University have collaborated to promote, facilitate and encourage health and medical research the fields of medicine, health sciences, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing.

The agreement, signed on June 28, 2018, affirms the commitment of both institutions to excellence in the pursuit of research, education, community engagement and health delivery.

Given the impetus by the University and the District to increase the interaction of staff and students, the agreement provides a high-level framework for access to facilities and equipment, research integrity, student supervision and placements, and collaboration governance.

A separate Intellectual Property agreement has also been executed. This brings together the University, the District, and several affiliated Medical Research Institutes (MRIs) into a common methodology for determining the ownership of Intellectual Property.

Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, Dr Teresa Anderson AM, said the Sydney Research campus is recognised nationally and internationally as a “knowledge centre”

“This agreement is an opportunity to showcase the way our organisations work together to transform the way we provide healthcare and have done for more than 135 years,” she said.

University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence AC, said the execution of the two agreements “provides a significant platform which formalises at an institutional level what has been an incredibly productive relationship over more than a century”.

Executive Director of Sydney Research, Adjunct Associate Professor Vicki Taylor, said the agreements are “a big step toward enhancing the capability of the partnership to increase the pace of research translation to health outcomes and set the agenda for the development of health technologies.”

The cooperative relationship between the District and the University has already resulted in positive outcomes such as:

  • Student placements at hospitals and local clinics;
  • Advancing future healthcare through core research facilities like the Hybrid Theatre;
  • The launch of the InsideOut Institute for eating disorders;
  • Clinical trials around placental transfusion, aspirin to prevent a second deep-vein thrombosis, and more;
  • Musculoskeletal research into exercise for preventing recurring lower back pain;
  • District staff accessing core research facilities at the University and;
  • Joint IP ownership of inventions, where appropriate.

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