Message from the Vice-Chancellor
Improving health care delivery through quality education and innovative research has been a key focus of the University of Adelaide since our early foundation days.
In this edition of Lumen we look at how our traditional medical teaching model is evolving and feature some of the groundbreaking research areas being pursued by University alumni across a wide range of health-related fields.
The new Clinical School building at the West End Health Precinct marks a new era in the linking of medical science and clinical practice and highlights how far we have come in our efforts to achieve a coordinated multidisciplinary program.
Our alumni are making a difference locally and globally by applying their different specialist health-related skills. For example, Lucky Giirre, is using her double degree in Health Sciences and Law for an interdisciplinary approach to improving health at a population and community level. Hers is a remarkable story because Lucky is a Somali refugee who could only dream of attending university. She's an example of how many students we have from different cultural backgrounds in the University community.
Each year around 2500 international students begin their studies at the University of Adelaide and, like Lucky, they have a cultural transition to make. In 2014, we will be launching Experience Adelaide, a new program that will support a personal and meaningful connection between our Adelaide alumni families and our incoming international students. Having a host family can be a transforming experience for both the student and the alumni family. Alumni participation will be crucial to the success of this program and I look forward to your support.
An artist's impression of the new Clinical School building
Image courtesy of Lyons architects