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Deans welcome funding agreement

By | Friday, February 18th, 2011
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Australia’s peak medical university body has welcomed the agreement reached last Sunday by COAG on national health reforms.

‘We are particularly pleased that teaching, training and research have been included in the heads of agreement,’ said Professor James Angus, the President of Medical Deans, which represents Australia’s 18 medical schools.

‘Medical Deans is keen to contribute to the detailed discussions of how this funding will operate, and how it will flow into the continuum of medical education, from universities to specialist training,’ Professor Angus said.

Professor Angus said the teaching, training and research funding was also the key to supporting the development of Advanced Health Research Centres, which are integral to driving the quality of care and translation of research.

 More information, James Angus, 02 9114 1673

MJA article on conflict of interest – a response

By | Friday, February 4th, 2011
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6 February 2011

The issues raised by the MJA article are important and all universities strive to ensure the right balance on
how staff and students engage with the industry.

Much of this is achieved relying on the guidelines set both by Industry and Medical Colleges, as well as individual University-wide policies on conflict of interest.

A lot of work has been done on conflict-of-interest issues across many universities in the past 18 months, for example at Melbourne
University, where a policy framework will be completed this year that will cover all our Health Professional courses, students and staff.

While this issue is the domain of individual universities, Medical Deans will continue to examine whether there is a need for best-practice guidelines that can be adopted across all Australian universities.

Professor James Angus
President, Medical Deans
(Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences,
Melbourne University)

More information: James Angus, 02 9114 1673

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