ADHB enters into Academic Health Alliance with The University of Auckland

15 February 2012

The Auckland District Health Board has formally entered into a new phase in its long-standing relationship with The University of Auckland.

Auckland District Health Board Chair Dr Lester Levy and The University of Auckland Vice Chancellor, Professor Stuart McCutcheon today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to form an Academic Health Alliance.

Dr Levy said the alliance would further cement ADHB’s reputation as an organisation striving for the highest standards in the delivery of healthcare.

“The alliance with The University of Auckland is intended to build on the close relationship forged between the two organisations over almost 40 years.”

“It will deliver greater research and teaching opportunities, strengthen our workforces and lead to improved organisational performance, enabling healthcare excellence,” Dr Levy said.

Professor McCutcheon said the co-location of The University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and New Zealand’s largest tertiary hospital provided New Zealand with an opportunity to further develop a unique teaching and research environment.

“The aim is for rapid translation of research findings from ‘bench to bedside’.”

“The concept integrates research and patient care with teaching and education, with each stream aspiring to excellence,” Professor McCutcheon said.

Dr Levy said this will benefit students, professionals who are in training and staff in both organisations.

“But what has been uppermost in our minds is the knowledge that this can and should improve patient care through the translation of research findings and better education and teaching,” Dr Levy said.

For more information contact Mark Fenwick, Communications Manager, Auckland District Health Board on 021 366 664 or Megan Putterill, Senior Business Manager Medicine and Health, Auckland Uniservices Ltd 021 757137