Leaders from UNSW Sydney, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD), Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) and Health Infrastructure (HI) explored how together their organisations can boldly and creatively address society’s wicked health problems through the Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct (RHIP).  

At the inaugural RHIP Big Ideas Forum held May 2, Precinct foundation partners exchanged ideas and discussed bold initiatives like how to strengthen and facilitate ‘bench to bedside’ research. The group discussed how they could partner and transform health systems, industry partnerships and sustainability initiatives amongst other big ideas. About 30 key leaders explored the unique opportunity that comes from linking clinicians and health care professionals from partner organisations with expertise across UNSW academic disciplines.

The forum focused specifically on education, research and knowledge exchange opportunities. UNSW leaders identified major areas of academic and health activity that promise to unlock new value, deliver impact and benefit the wider community. Faculty leads explored a number of different topics impacting on the health system, including molecular science, artificial intelligence, programming and engineering.

“The Precinct is a centre point for collaboration. We want to generate immense value for generations, by tackling the major health challenges that face us today,” said Mr Michael Still, RHIP Chair, as he reflected on the potential of the Precinct.

“We have a unique opportunity to build an environment of collective leadership that will guide us for the thousands of people contributing to health, education, science and research.”

Leaders discussed how to maximise the benefits that come from physically positioning a globally recognised Go8 University with a leading hospital complex. They agreed that through collaboration, RHIP can address, and solve, current and future health challenges across the lifespan.

Randwick Campus Redevelopment’s infrastructure projects gave leaders a more concrete reminder of the Precinct’s scale and potential. Construction is progressing with the new Prince of Wales Acute Services Building, and it is due to open within the next year. Development plans have also been approved for the new UNSW Health Translation Hub and the Sydney Children’s Hospital Stage 1 and Minderoo Children’s Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

About RHIP

RHIP brings together world-class education, research and healthcare organisations to address real-world problems across the lifespan, from newborns to centennials. Together it tackles health challenges through innovations in science, health and medicine, arts and humanities, business, and emerging technologies.

Four founding partners, SESLHD, SCHN, UNSW and HI have committed to work together to become a transformative and collaborative place of excellence solving global challenges to enhance and nurture lifelong health. For more than 60 years, the partnership has aspired to integrate health, research, industry, and education to improve the health outcomes of our community.

Supported by a $1.5B infrastructure investment, the RHIP has more than 15 collaborating partners, a 22,000 strong Precinct campus workforce who, each year, deliver 1.8 million patient interactions and educate over 58,000 students. The RHIPs genuine partnerships leverages scale, diversity, and expertise to influence and impact positive health outcomes.   

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