Message from the Executive Director, Monash Partners
Optimising collaboration for better health outcomes
The global COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes to our health system. While it has seen us physically distance ourselves from each other, it has also brought us closer in many ways. It has reinforced the importance of staying connected, working together, learning from each other, using resources wisely and optimising impact. All the things that an academic health science centre is designed to do!
Amid great uncertainty, quality data is essential. Data access and linkage remains a firm focus for Monash Partners. This reporting year saw us co-develop a framework for a Learning Health System, dedicated to a vision of learning together to achieve better health for our community. We also addressed priority digital health problems with the establishment of our GRIP PhD program, which is providing healthcare-embedded and funded PhD studies.
Working in partnership continues to be a priority, with COVID-19 research being a main driver this year. Monash Partners’ engagement with the community has identified strong support for the continuation of telehealth, informing government and funding priorities. Provision of streamlined ethics and governance processes saw research achieve quicker outcomes, and our partnership with the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering enabled innovative new projects such as a mask to reduce the viral spread of COVID-19 progress towards clinical trials.
Monash Partners’ comprehensive online program for researchers and health professionals is helping to embed consumer and community involvement in research and healthcare improvement projects. Further workforce development programs have included free co-designed Massive Open Online Courses in ‘Healthcare Improvement and Implementation’, plus health data literacy, continued clinical research training, Women in Leadership and Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Masterclasses.
Collectively, these activities provide the opportunity to improve patient experiences, support research activity and drive better health outcomes. You can find out more about a project Monash Partners is undertaking with MPCCC, using smart technology to more effectively and efficiently monitor the quality of cancer care, here.
Professor Helena Teede
Monash Partners Academic Health Science Centre