Advisory Council injects energy into Health Precinct

Advisory Council injects energy into Health Precinct

Canterbury's tertiary education institutes, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB), Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) will launch the Health Precinct Advisory Council's brand and Strategic Plan on 7 May to help bring the bold vision of a world class health hub in Christchurch to life. The Advisory Council was formed in June last year following the signing of the Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct Collaboration Agreement in May 2014.

Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct, an anchor project in the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan, will attract leading specialists, educators, scientists, programmers, students, researchers and innovators to work and invest in Christchurch.

The Advisory Council's role is to enable the progress of this hub through developing new inter-disciplinary ways of working together, using examples of successful international health precincts and building on Canterbury's 40 year tradition of teaching, research and health delivery excellence.

"This launch is another major milestone for the Health Precinct and reflects the collective vision, energy and support of the stakeholders to create something truly special for our city and region that will provide long term economic and health benefits," Dr Ian Town, Chairman of the Advisory Council, said.

"Already a number of our advisors from Melbourne, Singapore, and Boston are seeing opportunities for international collaborations in the health innovation ecosystem."

The Advisory Council aims to establish mechanisms of collaboration including specialist facilities for the University of Otago, University of Canterbury, CPIT and the CDHB. The Advisory Council will also seek to establish a Research Centre of Excellence, address workforce issues through innovative training and education, improve access to clinical simulation training, support the growth of clinical trials in Canterbury and promote advances in health IT. 

The combined size and potential of health related organisations makes this sector a powerful engine of economic recovery and growth for the city of Christchurch and the South Island. Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct Advisory Council members include Independent Chairman Dr Ian Town, CDHB Executive Director of Allied Health, Canterbury and West Coast Stella Ward, Chief Executive Officer CPIT Kay Giles, University of Otago Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Health Sciences Professor Peter Crampton, University of Canterbury Pro-Vice-Chancellor, College of Education, Health and Human Development, Professor Gail Gillon, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu (Matapopore) representative Amber Clarke, Acting Director CCDU (for CERA) Baden Ewart and Emma Hodgkin, Health Precinct Advisory Council Executive Officer.

The Advisory Council is committed to a sustainable, culturally inclusive environment that will benefit Canterbury's community and regional economy.