Issue 5 - June 1, 2009 enews home

Centre for Remote Health celebrates first decade

Vice-Chancellors Professor Michael Barber, of Flinders
University, (left) and Professor Barney Glover, of
Charles Darwin University, celebrate the 10-year
anniversary of the Centre for Remote Health

A leading central Australian health facility, the Centre for Remote Health (CRH), has celebrated a decade of service to the nation.

CRH is a joint venture of Flinders University and Charles Darwin University to provide educational programs that prepare and support health staff working in remote areas. It also contributes to research programs.

Vice-Chancellors of both universities joined local guests at the Alice Springs facility to mark the10-year milestone with the launch of a publication detailing the organisation’s scope and achievements.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said the centre typified the achievements of collaborative and cooperative universities.

“I am excited about the in-depth relationship we share with Flinders University and I think we can take things to a different level,” he said.

Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Barber shared Professor Glover’s enthusiasm.

“The Centre for Remote Health is an amazing collaborative model that includes both university and, critically, the community,” he said.

“This is a very significant part of Flinders University and we highly regard our remote people and we’ll be here as long as the Territory community wants us,” he said.

The CRH first Director, Professor John Wakerman, said the organisation’s work over the past decade had established it as an important institution in remote Australia.

“We have made significant progress in achieving our mission which is to make a serious contribution to improving the health outcomes of people living in Australia,” he said.

The launch coincided with the announcement of the Flinders NT Clinical School. The Flinders University initiative, which is supported by CDU, will allow Territory students to undergo their entire medical training in the Northern Territory.