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New direction for medical research and training

Date: 20/02/2017

Cabrini’s Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh has announced a change in direction for medical research and teaching at Cabrini, which will include the appointment of a new Professor/Director of Medicine.

According to Dr Walsh, the current Cabrini Monash University Department of Medicine has done an excellent job, particularly in its research endeavours, but that it is evident that clinical leadership needs to be increased in our medical wards.

“Increasingly, Cabrini is receiving more medical patients in line with our ageing population and this brings myriad challenges for patients and their families, as well as for those of us at Cabrini who care for them,” he said. “This new form of clinical leadership will help to improve the patient experience of people who come to us for medical care.”

As a result of the change, the Cabrini Monash University Department of Medicine within the Cabrini Institute will be closed, effective 28 February 2017. This department is led by Associate Professor Michele Levinson and supported by a small staff. In line with Cabrini's mission, values and ‘behaviours that matter’, these staff will be supported during the transition process.

Dr Walsh says it is timely to reflect on the excellent contributions of Associate Professor Michele Levinson and her team to the Cabrini Institute and to Cabrini more broadly.

“The publications, papers, conference presentations and other academic contributions of the Cabrini Monash University Department of Medicine are too numerous to mention.

“What is certain is that without the commitment, hard work and dedication of Michele and her team, such ground-breaking work in areas such as care of older patients, particularly end-of-life care, would not have been possible – I thank them most sincerely and wish them every future success,” he said.

Cabrini continues to be a teaching hospital and this change will not affect medical students completing clinical placements at Cabrini.