14 December 2016
Recently I was invited to attend the ACTA (Australian Clinical Trials Alliance) meeting in Melbourne. Much of the meeting was devoted to how research can contribute to a highly performing health system. I was struck by how The Kolling has anticipated much of the current new initiatives and in many ways is a useful model for health research.
We have made significant progress.
We have integrated a single research structure and research support across the entire Health District and Clinical School. We have a high performing ethics and governance process and our research office has been recognised as a test site for NHMRC, the only one in NSW.
We have led a process by which we have formed an academic alliance with not only our lead educational partner, The University of Sydney but also our other priority partners, Macquarie University and UTS. We are a partner in a successful bid to become one of the Founding Advanced Heath Research Translation Centres – Sydney Health Partners.
We have strengthened ties with industry and we have prioritised health informatics. New appointments are anticipated in Bowel Cancer, Orthopaedics and Allied Health. We have a strong model for philanthropy with the District contracting its fundraising to The Kolling Foundation, a reinvigorated Board and a strategy for growth.
These are some of the measures of progress within the last 5-6 years. New challenges are with us but so are opportunities – the Medical Research Future Fund, a national interest in innovation, an MBS review, the Ramsay Foundation to name but a few.
- Jonathan Morris, Director