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School of Primary Health Care finds new home

May 21st, 2008

Monash University's School of Primary Health Care officially has opened its new premises.

The School, now located in Ferntree Gully Road at Notting Hill, close to Monash University's Clayton campus, was the first of its kind to combine a range of primary health care disciplines when it was established in 2001.

Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews opened the new building at a ceremony on 15 May.

The School's main purpose is to integrate a group of disciplines that share the common purpose of providing teaching, training and research to support professional development, and to create a training environment that reflected the changing needs of society.

"Health care today is very different to decades ago when the GP was a one-stop-shop for most patients. Today, healthcare professionals are skilled in a range of services, and a patient's illness can be better managed by a range of specialists," said Head of School Professor Leon Piterman.

"The strength of any health system is judged by the effectiveness of its delivery of primary care. That delivery is not vested with a single discipline, but rather with a number of disciplines working together with the common aim of effectively treating and supporting individuals, families and communities with their medical, psychological and social needs.

"This is particularly important in our ageing society in which chronic disease provides the predominant burden of illness and where most of the care for people with chronic disease is community-based."

The School of Primary Health Care hosts departments including General Practice, Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Health Science, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy and Social Work.

It is also home to the Primary Care Research Unit, Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria, Centre for Child Abuse Research Australia, Collaborative Centre for Gambling Research, Multicultural Health Unit and Primary Care Obesity Research Unit.

Professor Leon Piterman and Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews

Professor Leon Piterman and Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews officially opened the new premises for the School of Primary Health Care.