Monash University is lead research and teaching partner for new Children’s Hospital

Victoria’s capacity to deliver outstanding health care to children and adolescents has been enhanced with the opening of the new Monash Children’s Hospital, in partnership with Monash University.

Monash Children's HospitalOpened today by the Premier of Victoria, the Honourable Daniel Andrews MP, the new hospital is located at the Monash Medical Centre Campus in Clayton and adjoins the Monash Health Translation Precinct.

Lead teaching and research partner

Monash University is the hospital’s lead teaching and translational research partner: its innovative approach to education and teaching and its world-leading translational research in paediatrics will help enable the hospital to provide both exceptional health care and training for the future  workforce. The University has invested AUD $6 million towards innovative new education and research spaces in the hospital.

Monash President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO said the new Monash Children’s Hospital demonstrates the deep engagement between the University’s world leading researchers and educators and its partner Monash Health to deliver real impact to the local community:

“The Monash Children’s Hospital is an exciting addition to the Monash Health Translation Precinct and Monash Medical Centre, for which the University plays a leading role in both research and education,” Professor Gardner said.

“Add to this our proximity  to leading research in biomedicine and cognition through the Institutes of Biomedical Discovery and of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences and there is a system of research, education and clinical practice to enhance health outcomes for children.”

Improved health outcomes

Monash Children's Hospital interiorDean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Professor Christina Mitchell said that the new hospital would lead to improved health outcomes for young people in the local community and  beyond:

“By bringing together excellent paediatric clinicians - who are also pioneering researchers - into this dynamic new space, the Monash Children’s Hospital has the potential to save the lives of many children,” Professor Mitchell said.

Located at the Monash Medical Centre Campus in Clayton and adjoining the Monash Health Translation Precinct, the Monash Children’s Hospital houses a world-class collaborative education and research space located in a dedicated Monash University zone within the hospital.

The collaborative education space includes a medical simulation centre, a procedural skills laboratory, tutorial areas and open plan space for researchers, as well as a leading edge paediatric surgical simulation centre, enabling students to experience the environment of an operating theatre.

Headquarters for paediatrics

Professor Eric Morand, Head of the Monash University School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health said that the new research and education facilities will be of enormous benefit to paediatric researchers and to the training of the medical workforce of the future:

“The new Monash Children’s Hospital will be the University’s research and education headquarters for paediatrics,” Professor Morand said.

“This new education and training space ensures our students have access to state-of-the-art facilities for learning and our researchers are embedded in the fabric of the hospital.”