Welcome to the first edition of the UOW Health and Wellbeing newsletter. We're delighted to share this update with you.
UOW's transformational Health & Wellbeing Strategy addresses future learning, teaching, research, clinical and workforce development needs in the Illawarra and further afield. Our initiatives span the creation of a world class health precinct in the Illawarra, to strategies to address local mental health and wellbeing, aged care living, medical training in regional, rural and remote areas and building a world-class cryo-electron microscopy facility.
The raft of interconnected initiatives includes:
The Precinct at the Innovation Campus (comprised of UOW intoHealth and Aged Living) is a significant UOW project with a total estimated investment of $500 million in the Illawarra. The project will generate $7 million in annual economic benefits per annum through the provision of aged care and health care facilities.
The hub of the Precinct, the intoHealth Primary and Community Health Centre, will offer truly integrated patient-centred healthcare - everything from preventive health through to aged-care and mental-health services.
Work on this large and complex project commenced as early as 2015. We have diligently and systematically been putting in place the building blocks to move the project from conception through to the detailed building design and planning phase.
At the same time, we've been developing our supporting teaching, research and clinical strategies and that work has started to gather momentum following the appointment of the Associate Dean (intoHealth) in early January.
Partnerships will be critical to the success of the Precinct and we are establishing a community of partners and harnessing their expertise to ensure a truly collaborative and transformative project. Dementia Training Australia is a cornerstone of dementia care in Australia and we are privileged to have them as a key partner and tenant at the UOW Innovation Campus.
With a solid foundation now established and as the project continues to scale up, our consultation with UOW and community stakeholders will deepen and we look forward to your input into this exciting project.
Professor Alison Jones
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Health & Communities) and Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Medicine & Health
Phone: (02) 4258 3583