06 November 2014
Grand Pacific Health (GPH) has entered into an agreement with the University of Wollongong's Graduate School of Medicine which will provide exciting opportunities for both students and local health professionals as part of the new health precinct in Nowra.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two organisations will include the provision of medical education, interdisciplinary training, placement and mentoring for students within the Grand Pacific Health Centre – Nowra. In turn, there will also be enhanced support for GPs and other local health professionals.
“We are delighted to enter into this MOU and formalise arrangements with UOW which will enable us to explore new models of training, education and support,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Grand Pacific Health, Ms Dianne Kitcher.
“In fact, the partnership will provide GPs and medical staff located at the new Centre with an integrated and collaborative approach to training, continuing professional development, peer networking and educational support.
“Local health professionals will also benefit by having access to continuing professional development and other training initiatives offered by the Graduate School of Medicine,” she added.
UOW’s Dean of Medicine, Professor Ian Wilson, said the MOU would also extend to research collaborations between the University and the health staff across the region.
“By strengthening our cooperation, we can enhance research collaborations in general practice, primary health care, education and training, or other research activities,” Professor Wilson said.
“Whether it’s at a regional, rural, national or global level, we equip our students to graduate as practitioners and health professionals ready to navigate society’s healthcare challenges now and into the future. We believe that our agreement with Grand Pacific Health can only help strengthen our mission,” he said.