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Health and education partnerships boost west services

Victoria University has confirmed its commitment to the development of an innovative, new health precinct at Sunshine Hospital that will deliver a range of integral health and education services to Melbourne’s west.

Known as the Sunshine Health, Wellbeing and Education Precinct (SHWEP), it will become a major health hub offering a diverse range of health and wellbeing services, research, innovation and tertiary education in and around the Sunshine Hospital.

Vice-Chancellor and President of Victoria University, Professor Peter Dawkins, recently launched the SHWEP Management Board’s Annual Report and Action Plan 2015-2016 where he confirmed the University’s commitment to the precinct.

“Victoria University places special emphasis on health and exercise as we work to provide a workforce for western Melbourne,” Professor Dawkins told the group of leading health and education leaders.

Held at Sunshine’s Western Centre for Health Research and Education, the launch highlighted significant SHWEP successes, including securing more than half a billion dollars in new private and public funding and investment.

It also emphasised myriad opportunities for the area around Sunshine Hospital to become the west’s premier education health, wellbeing and employment hub.

The new precinct will add to the suite of development currently underway in the area including the new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s Hospital, currently being built on the Sunshine Hospital site, and the Melbourne Metropolitan Rail project.

Planning for SHWEP has been underway since the project was announced in 2013.

Chief executive of Western Health, Associate Professor Alex Cockram, chaired a lively panel discussion on the future of health and education at the launch of the annual report.

The panel featured prominent national experts including the Director of the Australian Health Policy Collaboration at Victoria University, Rosemary Calder – a leading health and social policy expert.

Ms Calder was joined by the Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne Professor Glenn Bowes, University of Melbourne Director of Medical Education at Western Health Associate Professor Stephen Lew, and Macroplan Dimasi chairman Brian Haratsis.

Ms Calder said a sustained focus on early childhood in the municipality would create significant improvements over the next 20 years – in health, education and employment.

The SHWEP management board, chaired by the chief executive of Brimbank City Council Paul Younis, includes representatives from Victoria University, The University of Melbourne, Brimbank City Council, Western Health, Sunshine Private Hospital, Cohealth, Metropolitan Planning Authority, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, and the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.

For further information about SHWEP or for copies of the SHWEP 2015-2016 Report and Action Plan, please email Stephen Sully, Executive Officer Positioning Brimbank on [email protected]

 

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