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UQ Mater Clinical School officially opens

A veritable who’s who of Mater Health Services, The University of Queensland (UQ) and Queensland Health joined together on 28 October 2009 to officially open the refurbished University of Queensland (UQ) School of Medicine Mater Clinical School.

The gathering commemorated the 60-year relationship between Mater and UQ—both acknowledging the past and celebrating the future.

Head of the UQ Mater Clinical School, Professor David McIntyre said the school is an important aspect of clinical training; established to increase the university’s presence at Mater as one of Queensland’s principal teaching hospitals.

"Mater has a long relationship with UQ that commenced in 1948 when we became a teaching hospital for the university,” Professor McIntyre said.

UQ funded the refurbishment of teaching facilities and the development of additional offices and tutorial rooms in the original Mater Mothers’ Hospitals (MMH) annexe—now the physical location of the UQ Mater Clinical School.

“The school was motivated due to the high workforce demand for doctors and other health care staff; the reduced patient length of stay, which involved restructuring student teaching experiences; the increasing complexity of health care; and Mater's pivotal role in obstetric services reinforced by the new MMH,” Professor McIntyre continued.

The UQ Mater Clinical School was officially opened by Mater Health Services Chief Executive Officer Dr John O’Donnell and UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield.

Future plans for the school include clinical teaching and research expansion; collaboration with Mater Medical Research Institute; and potential expansion of teaching into Mater’s private hospitals.

Professor David McIntyre, Professor David Wilkinson, Professor Paul Greenfield, Professor John McAuliffe and Dr John O’Donnell

Professor David McIntyre, Professor David Wilkinson, Professor Paul Greenfield, Professor John McAuliffe and Dr John O’Donnell (courtesy of Jeremy Patten, The University of Queensland)

 

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