The Alfred Research Alliance took its first official steps last Thursday 27 September, as all parties gathered to sign a new Governing Agreement.
The agreement marks the start of a new era for what was formerly the Alfred Medical Research and Education Precinct (AMREP) as it transitions to the Alfred Research Alliance.
The relationship between the Alliance members – Alfred Health, Monash University, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute, Burnet Institute, Deakin University and La Trobe University – is a longstanding one, and the new agreement reflects the way these organisations have successfully worked together for years, and cements their shared aims and intents going forward.
Professor Andrew Way, Chair of the Alfred Research Alliance Council and Chief Executive of Alfred Health, says the Agreement – together with the agreed Strategic Priorities set to take the Alliance through to 2020 – sets out the framework for how the Alliance members will work together.
“The Alliance members have agreed to support open and productive discussion and work together strategically to augment research and education, invest in valuable shared resources and to intensify collaboration, particularly between researchers and Alfred Health’s clinical services,” Professor Way said.
“We will continue to strive for this, while clearly communicating that the value and strength of the Alliance is underpinned by the excellence of each independent member organisation and their co-located activities.”
The name change, he said, acknowledges that while ‘place’ is important, the people and relationships are central to delivering the true value in a collaborative alliance.
“By working together, we know that we can achieve better outcomes, faster, to make a real impact on the health of the community not just here in Melbourne but across the country and around the world.”