The Australian National University (ANU) and Adventist HealthCare Limited (AHCL), which operates Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) and San Day Surgery Hornsby, have signed a Master Relationship Agreement to establish a dynamic new health care education partnership in Australia.
The agreement follows an earlier memorandum of understanding to develop joint educational, research, and clinical programs.
The first cohort of six ANU medical students took up their rotations at the San in May 2021. This year, the San has hosted more than 50 medical students as it moves toward full capacity.
The formal affiliation of AHCL clinicians with ANU through a range of academic positions and titles is a key part of the partnership — as is the establishment of research projects.
AHCL CEO Brett Goods said the partnership is designed to ensure the retention and development of a health workforce at AHCL and elsewhere that can provide high-quality clinical care, education, and research.
“Our collaboration with ANU is not only about ensuring an adequate number of doctors and medical professionals for the future,” he said. “It’s also about ensuring the advancement of health care in Australia through high-quality health and medical research that is translated into both clinical settings and health policy.
“With two long-standing, well-respected organizations like AHCL and ANU coming together, we hope to achieve a competitive edge when it comes to recruiting the best doctors and students and tapping into funding to support both research and the ongoing acquisition of best-in-class technology for the benefit of patients.”
Russell Gruen, dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine, said, “This agreement formalizes our commitment to work with AHCL and everyone at the San who have a long-standing reputation for outstanding health care and clinical education. Together, we will push the boundaries of education, research, and development of the health care workforce and health systems for the future.
“As the national university, we’re taking bold steps to advance science and service to the nation, including innovative ways of advancing whole person well-being, which is very much in keeping with the San’s philosophy.”
The formalization of the partnership was celebrated recently with the unveiling of new signage on Fox Valley Rd, Wahroonga, New South Wales, at the front of the hospital, that incorporates the logos and coats of arms of AHCL, ANU, and Avondale University — the San’s academic partner for nursing education. The San has a long-standing relationship with Avondale University, which officially began in 1983 with the first graduation ceremony for candidates of the Avondale College-Sydney Adventist Hospital Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) course.