The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) will become a leading nursing and allied health university hospital through a new partnership between UniSA and the State Government.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed by UniSA and the Health Minister in November, paving the way for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital (TQEH) to become a university hospital with a strong focus on rehabilitation, allied health and nursing.
UniSA has the largest cohort of nursing students in South Australia.
A Centre of Excellence for rehabilitation services, teaching and research will be created at TQEH, with patients able to benefit from access to expert staff dedicated to best-practice health service delivery, as well as further education and research. This will include trialling and evaluating new models of care to improve patient flow and satisfaction with the delivery of health services.
TQEH clinicians will lead further research and teaching as they train the next generation of clinicians in world-class and cutting-edge clinical practice.
The MOU establishes a commitment between the Central Adelaide Local Health Network and UniSA to explore the creation of an alliance between the two organisations, which may lead to changes in service delivery models at the TQEH.
UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the partnership provides wonderful opportunities for team-based training of future healthcare professionals.
“UniSA is the State’s largest tertiary education provider in areas such as physiotherapy, podiatry, occupational therapy, exercise physiology, medical imaging, nutrition, pharmacy and nursing and this partnership provides more opportunities to graduate health care workers that are completely conversant with the realities of professional practice,” Prof Lloyd says.
“Our research in these areas is world standard and our investment in medical and health-based research is significant.
“It also means the quality of care at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital will be at the forefront of innovative practice, where interdisciplinary and patient-centred practice is the standard.”
The State Government also announced the first stage of a $270 million redevelopment at the QEH, featuring a new 500 space multi-storey car park; a new, larger emergency department; a dedicated elective surgery centre; and a new intensive care unit.
Health Minister Peter Malinauskas says the agreement with UniSA positions the hospital to lead the nation as a major rehabilitation, nursing and allied health education hospital.
“The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has a proud history of research and education, and for decades has been at the forefront of high quality clinical care,” he says.
“Through our $270 million investment in the future of TQEH, including cardiac, a new and bigger emergency department and rehabilitation services, residents from the Western suburbs can continue to access a world-class public hospital close to their homes.”