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Campus News : July 2010
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News July 2010 5 The University of Wollongong's commercial arm, ITC Ltd, has presented its $4 million dividend for the last year to UOW for medical research. The announcement was made at a gala dinner held at the Innovation Campus in April after the annual general meeting of the newly-rebranded ITC Ltd, formerly known as the Illawarra Technology Corporation (ITC) Group of Companies. ITC Chief Executive Officer Vince Lendrum said it was extremely pleasing to be able to assist research at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) -- a partnership between UOW and the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health Service. The presentation takes to $10 million the amount ITC Ltd has contributed to medical research in the last two years, following ITC's $6 million dividend in 2009 which was also presented to IHMRI. "IHMRI's research work will have far- reaching consequences for community health in the Illawarra," Mr Lendrum said. ITC Ltd is the University's commercial arm, largest subsidiary and global education provider now boasting a staff of about 850 world-wide of whom more than half work in the Illawarra. Mr Lendrum said ITC's Annual Report for 2009 shows that profit from its continuing operations before income tax was $6.2 million. He said there had been revenue growth in the three largest business units -- University of Wollongong in Dubai, Wollongong College Australia and UniAdvice. Smith Family Chief Executive Officer Elaine Henry was guest speaker at the ITC dinner and her address focused on the similar aims of the Smith Family and ITC in seeking to help people reach their potential through learning. "We share similar values through unlocking people's potential through Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper paid tribute to the efforts of local Federal MPs Sharon Bird and Jennie George in helping to achieve the facility project for the region. Ms Bird said Wollongong was chosen for the project from a very competitive field, and applauded the strength of the University's tender. Professor Raper said the research facility would provide the know-how needed to retro-fit buildings to suit the Australian climate and make them more sustainable. "It will set Australia on a course to become a leader in this field of research, which is currently dominated by researchers in the northern hemisphere," she said. Smith Family CEO Elaine Henry was guest speaker at the ITC Ltd dinner in April. She is pictured with UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton (right) and ITC CEO Vince Lendrum. various education avenues," Ms Henry said. "Education can break the cycle of disadvantage -- something we have clearly discovered through the families with whom we deal. And we have to be brave to make this education transformation become a reality." The event also recognised the substantial contributions of staff. ITC Schools Marketing Manager Adam Thorogood was named Employee of the Year and Manager, Development, Alumni and Community Monique Harper-Richardson won the award for Exceptional Leadership by a Female Staff Member. BG ITC devotes $4m to medical institute Professor Judy Raper Centre to develop national system The University of Wollongong's Centre for Health Service Development (CHSD) has been awarded a multi-million dollar project to develop a pivotal health information system. The CHSD will develop the 2012 version of the Australian Refined -- Diagnosis Related Group Classification System (AR-DRG) which will be implemented nationally on 1 July 2013. This classification system is used in relation to acute patients admitted to hospitals in Australia and about 10 other countries. There are three components to the system: • The 2012 AR-DRG classification of acute in-patient care • The 2012 International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (also known as ICD-10-AM) classification. The World Health Organisation produces the ICD and each country then adds to it to meet its own requirements • The 2012 Australian Classification of Health Interventions (also known as ACHI) classification The Federal Government's Department of Health and Ageing has commissioned the CHSD to undertake this task as it has significant expertise in classification development. CHSD will receive more than $9 million over three years for the project which is expected to involve about 20 staff positions. "This is a great opportunity for the CHSD and it builds on the research we have been doing for more than a decade," CHSD Director Professor Kathy Eagar said. CHSD is a research centre of UOW's Sydney Business School. BG Cladding, new insulation materials and solar cell roofing advances are among likely areas of development. Professor Raper said an interesting feature of the project would be the involvement of UOW's social geographers, who will follow up with users of the newly fitted-out buildings to ensure they were gaining the most benefits. Sixty-five jobs will be created constructing the facility. BlueScope Steel will provide steel building and construction materials to the project as well as construction know-how through technical exchanges and secondments. Once completed, it will attract 30 additional high-quality research students, 30 undergraduate students and 75 TAFE students a year in the area of sustainable construction. The project will fully integrate with the existing environmental improvement programs of each of the major partners - UOW, TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute, BlueScope Steel (and other allied industries) and Housing NSW. BG $25m for energy-efficiency centre Continued from Page 1. Professor Kathy Eagar FOCUS ON RESEARCH