Chris Crawford, Chief Executive said that over the past five years a partnership between the LHD Midwifery Directorate and the SCU School of Health and Human Sciences had evolved.
“They are collaborating in the promotion of staff opportunities for education, research capacity and capabilities within both organisations.”
“This involves LHD Staff participating in the development of curriculum and LHD Clinicians are also teaching in the School’s programs and supporting students on placements,” Mr Crawford said.
“LHD staff participate in the selection process of academic Nursing and Midwifery Staff with the Head of the School of Health and Human Sciences.
“A Collaborative Practice Unit is being established and a funding partnership for a joint educational appointment and a research assistant is occurring.”
“The Memorandum of Understanding will further strengthen and formalise the relationship between the NNSW LHD and SCU,” Mr Crawford ended.
Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee welcomed the agreement.
“This is evidence of the valued partnership with the LHD. SCU is working towards tighter cooperation between clinicians, academics, research and teaching to improve the delivery of health care to the community,” Professor Lee said.
Professor Iain Graham, head of the School of Health and Human Sciences, said the Memorandum of Understanding formalised working arrangements which had been steadily developing over the past five years.
“We are working to increase clinician involvement and provide new opportunities for joint appointments as the School continues to grow and develop to meet the challenges of healthcare reform in Australia,” Professor Graham said.