ANU welcomes major upgrades to Canberra Hospital

28 May 2019

The Australian National University (ANU) will continue to play a major role in improving health in the ACT and surrounding regions as part of major upgrades to the Canberra Hospital announced today.

ANU Provost Professor Mike Calford said the University will develop new "state-of-the-art facilities" in conjunction with the Surgical Procedures, Interventional Radiology and Emergency (SPIRE) Centre.

"We are excited by the health improvements SPIRE will deliver for the people of Canberra and the region, and ANU is committed to playing a vital role in these future developments," Professor Calford said.

"We'll build on the longstanding partnership between ANU and the ACT Health Services, especially through the ANU Medical School. 

"Alongside this significant investment from the ACT Government, ANU will develop world-class research, education and training facilities at the Canberra Hospital."

Dean of the ANU College of Health and Medicine, Professor Russell Gruen, said the new facilities would advance the health and wellbeing of people in Canberra and surrounding region.  

"This is a commitment we share with the ACT Government," Professor Gruen said.

"The best health systems and patient outcomes only occur when universities and health services work closely together.

"These new facilities will help develop and attract the best clinicians, promote quality, safety and value in the health system, and make available the latest cutting-edge research and technology.

"They will also ensure ANU serves the nation by preparing health professionals for the future of healthcare. It will ensure Canberra is a hub for contemporary medical education that harnesses advanced approaches to simulation and technology-enhanced learning.

"By bringing our high-quality science and research-led education, ANU looks forward to the development of SPIRE, and to supporting ACT Health and Canberra Health Services in improving health and wellbeing and preparing for the challenges of the future."