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Campus News : October 2010
UOW campus news campus news Campus News is produced for community, industry, government and other educational institutions as well as staff, students and graduates of the University of Wollongong. It provides an overview of University news and achievements on a quarterly basis. Submissions for publication can be made to the Media Unit. Phone (02) 4221 5942 or email firstname.lastname@example.org PRINT POST APPROVED : PP255003/00173 www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News October 2010 1 University unveils hospital proposal A vision for the future An artist's impression of how the UOW health and medical precinct would look if built at the Innovation Campus. The University of Wollongong has revealed plans to build a $300 million health and medical precinct based around a 180-bed private hospital and integrated primary care health centre. UOW has been involved in detailed discussions with the federal and NSW governments and the NSW Department of Health about the proposal, which would transform the Illawarra's medical infrastructure, improve the overall standard of health care in the region, attract high-level medical specialists to the area and generate thousands of jobs. The highly-regarded St Vincent's and Mater Health Sydney (SVMHS) organisation has been assisting the University to develop plans for the precinct, and is the University's proposed operator for the hospital. The new hospital, which would take pressure off existing services provided at Wollongong Hospital, would be overseen by a Trust between UOW and the NSW Department of Health. It would service public patients (under contract from Wollongong Hospital) as well as private patients. UOW Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton said the proposal was well-advanced, but required a commitment of around $200 million in federal and state funding. The balance would be funded by UOW and private borrowings. "Our proposal is highly innovative, and provides a local solution to the national problems of over-loaded public health facilities and health workforce shortages in regional and rural areas," Professor Sutton said. UOW shines in 2 key rankings Issue 3 Volume 13 October 2010 New approach to dementia Page 2 Global Highway 'lionised' Page 3 Library rides technology wave Page 5 Garrett on centre stage Page 7 Clues about coral's future Page 7 Inside this edition Full story P3 Continued P4