Uni welcomes new hospital for Adelaide
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
The University of Adelaide has welcomed today's announcement by the State Government that a new hospital - the Marjorie Jackson-Nelson Hospital - will be built in the city of Adelaide.
Professor Justin Beilby, the Executive Dean of the University of Adelaide's Faculty of Health Sciences, said:
"In making this announcement, the State Government has shown a vision for the future of medical services in metropolitan Adelaide. We look forward to discussions with the Government about how the new hospital will benefit the future of medical education and research in South Australia."
Professor Beilby said talks with the State Government on the proposal were still at an early stage, and therefore it was too soon to discuss details of exactly how the new hospital would impact on medical training.
"The University of Adelaide will play a key role in working with the State Government and the Health Department to determine what happens next," he said.
"What we know is that the new Marjorie Jackson-Nelson Hospital gives our Medical School a unique opportunity to provide improved, world-class facilities to students, in addition to the quality education they already receive."
Professor Beilby said the University of Adelaide has been the leading provider of medical education and research in this State for more than 120 years, in partnership with teaching hospitals including the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).
"The University of Adelaide is widely recognised as providing a world-class medical education, with medical degrees from Adelaide highly sought after by students from around the State, the nation and from overseas," Professor Beilby said.
"We count numerous Rhodes Scholars among the graduates of our School, and two winners of the Nobel Prize for Medicine: Lord Howard Florey, who is considered by many to be the most significant Australian of the 20th century for his role in the development of penicillin, and Dr J Robin Warren for the co-discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease.
"This will be an exciting time for the University, in partnership with the State Government and our many other stakeholders, to build on our past successes, and to shape the future of medical training and research for the benefit of South Australia."