University of Melbourne launches new medical technologies training centre
University of Melbourne launches Joint Research and Training Centre in partnership with 3MEDiTech
The University of Melbourne, in partnership with 3DMEDiTech, will launch a new Joint Research and Training Centre (JRTC) in medical technologies, funded by a $3m donation by 3DMEDiTech’s investors.
The JRTC will be established at the 3DMEDiTech personalized medical device manufacturing facility at Fishermans Bend. 3DMEDiTech has committed $27 million to the expansion of the facility, designed to produce personalised medical devices such as hip, spinal and knee implants at scale. The investment will fund industrial grade 3D printers capable of high precision production of polymers and metals, automatic digitization, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics.
The facility will be one of the world’s most advanced 3D personalized medical manufacturing facilities and the only of its kind in Australia. The expansion, in partnership with the Victorian Government, will establish Australia’s pre-eminent MedTech Innovation Centre. It will also involve collaboration with St Vincent’s Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery (ACMD), leveraging their leadership in surgical research.
The end-use products will improve patient outcomes and reduce Australia’s reliance on imported personalized medical devices.
University of Melbourne Vice Chancellor Duncan Maskell has welcomed the partnership. “The University of Melbourne is excited about establishing the Joint Research and Training Centre in Medical Technologies with 3DMEDITech. In particular, I would like to thank 3DMEDITech and their investors whose funding will enable the training of 13 PhD students and the recruitment of two Research Fellows,’’ Professor Maskell said.
“The Centre will be a place where industry, hospitals and researchers from the University come together to collaborate on research projects that will make a big difference in people’s lives.”
Toby Hall, CEO of St Vincent’s Health Australia said, “The 3DMEDiTech initiative is exactly what Victoria and the health sector needs. Through St Vincent’s Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, we look forward to collaborating with the Victorian Government, 3DMEDiTech and The University of Melbourne to unlock value from our surgical research activities and bring new health technology to market.”
About the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine
The Doctor of Medicine provides a fresh approach to medical training. As the first Australian professional-entry master’s-level program, the Melbourne MD creates a new benchmark in 21st century medical education. The Melbourne MD degree builds on prerequisite knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry to deliver advanced clinical and academic training to ensure you are prepared for the challenges of a high-quality medical internship.
The MD includes one year of bioscience foundation learning, six months of full-time research and two and a half years of clinical training in university-affiliated hospitals, clinics and GP surgeries. A yearly student conference will be a distinguishing feature of the Melbourne MD and provide opportunities for broader disciplinary and inter-disciplinary learning. The teaching, student conference and assessment program is about 40 weeks per year.
Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Next semester intake: January 2023
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: TBA. For the 2021 intake, the application deadline was June 24, 2021.