The new four-year strategic plan will focus on uniting academia, government and business through collaboration and innovation.
The Randwick Health & Innovation Precinct (RHIP) is set to become the largest co-located health precinct in NSW. The precinct spans Botany Street on the eastern side of UNSW’s Kensington campus. It brings UNSW together with government, industry, four specialty hospitals, preclinical facilities and nine institutes spanning neuroscience, mental health, cancer and other fields. Once completed, the Precinct will feature the Integrated Acute Services Building (IASB) and UNSW’s IASB extension that embeds research, education and training with clinical activities. The precinct will also include a new children’s hospital and UNSW’s own Health Translation Hub.
The RHIP Strategy was developed collaboratively by precinct partners (UNSW, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Health Infrastructure and South Eastern Sydney Local Health District) and stakeholders, including wide representation from UNSW. It provides a framework for ongoing collaboration and opportunity, using the diverse experience of UNSW’s community to enhance the precinct’s development.
The vision for the RHIP is to be a transformative and collaborative place of excellence solving global challenges to enhance and nurture lifelong health. Its purpose is, in partnership, to leverage the precinct’s scale, diversity and expertise to influence and impact positive health outcomes. It will deliver benefits directly to patients, staff, researchers, students and industry.
President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Jacobs said the Precinct realises a 60-year objective of the University to bring the health and university campuses closer together.
“Our commitment to invest in the precinct will take our partnership to a new level as the new strategy for our Faculty of Medicine & Health is implemented. As well as improving health services to our local communities, the seamless physical and working integration between the hospitals and UNSW will enable us to compete at the forefront of health research and education internationally.
The Precinct will provide an exciting opportunity for our faculties of Engineering, Science, Business, Arts Design & Architecture and Law & Justice to make an even greater contribution to health issues,” he said.
To achieve the vision of creating a world-class precinct, the strategy focuses on three key strategic priorities: clinical and academic excellence, innovation and collaboration, and global and local impact.
“From education to advocacy, there are many opportunities to be involved, beyond research, so I am urging everyone, no matter your background, to look for opportunities that will help bring value to your work beyond the normal,” said Professor Adam Jaffe, Head of Paediatrics at UNSW and co-chair of the precinct’s Translational Research Working Group.
“This is about elevating the precinct to international status and improving the health of the patients we look after.”