Queensland Health and Griffith University have enjoyed a longstanding, mutually beneficial partnership since Griffith first offered health degrees in the 1990s.
The partnership allows for clinical placements of health students as well as an array of joint research projects.
Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Professor Allan Cripps says Queensland Health is a major employer of Griffith graduates, and that the colocation of Griffith campuses alongside the Gold Coast University Hospital and QEII Hospital at Nathan enriches the relationship.
"Being one of our largest clinical partners, Queensland Health provides a range of authentic training environments for our students," Professor Cripps says.
This training also makes for a seamless transition to employment, as Queensland Health attracts top graduates who already have hands-on knowledge of their systems and processes.
Professor Allan Cripps
Pro Vice Chancellor (Health)
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science graduate Janelle Guerrero is among the Griffith alumni who now work in the state public health system.
"I was employed before I even graduated, so the degree was obviously successful," she says.
"I am now a scientist at Redland Hospital in the medical lab doing blood tests and other biochemistry analysis. It’s a lot of fun and hard work, but I really enjoy it."
Professor Cripps says research collaborations between the University and Queensland Health greatly benefit the two parties, as well as the community as a whole.
"Through this partnership, we attract health professionals who want to work collaboratively and contribute to research of value to provide real outcomes to healthcare services," he says.
Collaborative research projects between Griffith University and Queensland Health continue, and to date have spanned a broad spectrum of areas including nursing and coronary care, emergency department admission and patient management, suicide prevention, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and genetic studies into cardiovascular and kidney disorders, migraines and lymphoma.