Campbelltown’s most pressing health conditions will form the basis of research at the newly-announced Macarthur Medical Research Centre.
Western Sydney University welcomed a generous donation from the Lang Walker Family who will contribute up to $26 million to the university towards building the research centre.
Housing researchers from foundational partners including South Western Sydney Local Health District, the Ingham Institute and UNSW, the Centre will drive research into the region’s major health concerns such as diabetes, mental health, indigenous health and cancer. The goal of the research is to translate findings into tangible benefits for patients of the Macarthur district including improvements in patient care, treatments and preventative health.
Ingham Institute’s Chief Executive Officer, Darryl Harkness, is excited about the announcement and what it brings to the district.
“This is a very exciting development and an important milestone for research in the south west and a key step in the creation of our ‘One Institute with three Research Centres’ to enhance our footprint across SWSLHD, and better address the needs of our communities” says Harkness.
Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Barry Glover OA explains that the Centre is a major new opportunity for the region, “a place to grow the health and medical workforce of the future, and a home for the world’s best and brightest researchers to bring together cutting-edge research, clinical expertise and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of the local communities,” he says.
By Linda Music