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Northern NSW Academic Health Alliance

Artist's render of learning and research building


23 May 2023

The Northern NSW Academic Health Alliance is a training and research hub that will be based at the new Tweed Valley Hospital. The Alliance is a collaboration between Southern Cross University, Griffith University, Bond University and TAFE NSW, together with the Northern NSW Local Health District (LHD). Leading professionals from each institution will provide expert multidisciplinary health care training and research tailored to the medical needs of Northern NSW. The Hub will open in late 2023.

The Northern New South Wales Academic Health Alliance is a collaboration between Southern Cross University, Griffith University, Bond University and TAFE NSW.  It's a teaching and research collaboration largely based around the new Tweed Hospital and what it will provide is great opportunities for students in terms of learning and teaching and a broad range of health-related disciplines. We will then together build the next generation of the workforce. It's a unique opportunity for students to learn and gain practical experience right there on the grounds of a large regional health facility which I think will have great opportunities for staff engagement retention and making Northern New South Wales a place people really want to come work. And provide high quality Health Services. Together we can unite all of our resources and therefore provide a much richer opportunity for our students. The clinical schools model will enable us to focus on areas of key need: disability and Rehabilitation, Immunology, women and children, aged care and mental health. It will allow us to develop training opportunities for students and really provide a great opportunity for locals in that Community to expand their employment training options. I think some of the unique things that Bond brings are really a very strong expertise in evidence-based practice, evidence-based Healthcare. TAFE NSW students will be ready to care for residents in their regional health facility on completion of their training. Griffith is the largest university, we've trained over 45,000 health professionals. Southern Cross University is a regional University, it's about the community and individuals receiving better services and better care. If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. We want to go together to have the greatest impact for the community that we can possibly can have.

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Lee Adendorff, Head of Content at Southern Cross University +61 429 661 349 or [email protected]