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Monash and Southern Health agreement to strengthen Social Work

12 May 2009

Monash University and Southern Health have strengthened their joint commitment to innovation in social work research and education through the creation of a new Associate Professor position that spans both organisations.

Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor Steve Wesselingh signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) together with Neth Hinton o0f Southern Health at a ceremony at Clayton on Friday 12 May that formalised the role of the new Associate Professor, opening the way to an appointment later this year.  Professor Neil Spike, as acting Head of the School of Primary Health Care, and Professor Margaret Alston, Head of the Department of Social Work, were witnesses at the signing ceremony.

Professor Wesselingh said that the signing symbolised the ambition of Monash and Southern Health to further enhance the links between the two organisations, and jointly increase their capacity to undertake social work research.  “There is a natural fit between Monash, as the largest university in Australia and containing the largest health care faculty in Australia, with Southern Health as Victoria’s largest provider of health care,” he said. 

“Social work is a significant focus of our School of Primary Health Care," Professor Wesselingh added.  "Monash is seeking to elevate the profession of social work through both innovative research and high quality education.  A joint appointment such as this one agreed today demonstrates our desire to do this with a strong clinical emphasis, ensuring that community needs are also being met.”

The new Associate Professor role will be jointly based at Monash University’s Caulfield campus, and at the Monash Medical Centre within the Monash Health Research Precinct at Clayton.