Monash University announces five-year strategy for Peninsula campus
Monash University has acknowledged the importance of the Monash Peninsula campus to the future of the university and its broader role in the social, cultural and economic growth of the Peninsula region with a new five-year plan for the campus.
Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner AO, said Monash Peninsula will become Australia’s leading centre of allied health and primary care education and research, building on the university’s existing strengths in emergency medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing.
“Monash has committed more than $20 million towards new research, staffing and facilities at Peninsula to set a new standard of excellence in teaching, research and collaboration in allied health, primary care, education and business,” Professor Gardner said.
As part of the plan, Monash will establish an integrated health and education precinct in conjunction with Frankston Hospital, which includes funding for a new education centre with modern learning spaces. A new Chair of Medicine will also be jointly established at Frankston Hospital under the Monash Central Clinical School.
New centres for research at Peninsula will include a Centre for Addiction Science Research linking expertise in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the School of Psychological Sciences with other faculties based at the Clayton campus, including arts and law.
Monash will establish an Integrated Rehabilitation Research Group in partnership with local health networks to explore opportunities for integrated rehabilitation for aged care, disability and injury.
Monash University is also investigating the feasibility of a new, cross-disciplinary Domestic Violence Research Unit to provide education and training for those working to curb the impact of domestic violence.
Education and Business students will soon have access to new, specialised areas of study, including the Bachelor of Business Administration, to be offered at Peninsula for the first time next year.
“The Faculty of Education and the Monash Business School have been instrumental to Peninsula’s success, and both faculties underpin the future of the campus,” Professor Gardner said.
Professor Gardner also said the university is developing a Peninsula master plan to revitalize services, facilities and the built environment of the campus.
“The master plan will form the basis for investment in the Peninsula campus, transforming the environment for students, staff and the local community.
“More broadly, the five-year strategy represents the start of a new era in the life of this dynamic campus and our engagement with the Peninsula community,” Professor Gardner said.