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Wollongong’s advantages in medical science and technologies

Wollongong has many advantages and capabilities that make setting up or scaling up a business easy for those in the medical science and technologies sector. We have listed some of them below:

UOW’s Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

The University of Wollongong’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy will enhance the research capability of the university in a range of areas including aged care, mental health and community-delivered healthcare.

Four key initiatives of the Strategy, which medical science and technologies businesses can be a part of, are planned to be implemented in Wollongong:

  • UOW into Health (Innovation Campus).
  • Integrated Aged Care and Senior Living (Innovation Campus).
  • Rural and Regional Health (Illawarra and NSW).
  • Molecular Horizons (Wollongong Campus).

Businesses in medical science and technologies who chose to call Wollongong home

Wollongong is home to many companies and scale-ups in the field of medical science and technologies that are servicing Australia and the world. Some of these businesses include:

Innovation in aged care

  • IRT – provides seniors with housing and care options including retirement villages, aged care centres and home care.
  • Warrigal – creating communities and offering services for older people. Services include community villages, residential care support, Warrigal at Home and Warrigal Club Connect.
  • Silver Chain – provides health and aged care at home and in the community. In NSW, Silver Chain provides in-home palliative care services, community packages to support people discharged from NSW public hospitals and Silver Chain Alarms.
  • Marco Polo Aged Care Services – Marco Polo is a community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides residential care, respite care and community care.

Other health stakeholders

  • The Benevolent Society – Australia’s largest provider of clinical services for people with a disability.
  • COORDINARE – COORDINARE commenced operations as the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network (PHN) in July 2015 and is one of 31 PHNs established across Australia. Its key objectives are to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes, and improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time.

Our strength as a state

NSW strengths include biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, tropical medicines and digital health areas.

  • NSW has the largest healthcare sector in Australia, representing 28% of Australia’s entire output.
  • NSW has a robust regulatory system, a reputation for quality and a globally-renowned healthcare system.
  • Our state is particularly involved in smart healthcare. Our medical science and technologies companies invest in areas such as data mining, artificial intelligence and robotics.

Australia also has strong intellectual property (IP) protection, fast-tracked clinical trials, tax incentives and a supportive business environment that any business can benefit from.

Collaborate with the University of Wollongong

Medical IT, pharmaceuticals, integrated health solution providers and businesses involved in ageing in place who base themselves in Wollongong will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with the University of Wollongong. Some of the services and initiatives UOW manage include:

  •  Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) is a partnership between the University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. IHMRI, supports health and medical research throughout the region. IHMRI has a broad research agenda encompassing diseases, medical conditions and health issues, with one key research theme examining ageing and chronic conditions.
  • Dementia Training Australia (DTA) is led by UOW and provides dementia education and training across Australia. DTA is a consortium bringing together leading dementia educators and trainers from five universities and Alzheimer’s Australia.
  • UOW’s Global Challenges Program is a strategic research initiative that is focused on transformative interdisciplinary research. Its Living Well, Longer project looks at all aspects of longevity, including the development of preventative care measures for key chronic conditions facing ageing Australians such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and musculoskeletal problems.
  • The UOW Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI) aims to improve the management and provision of health and community services in Australia by achieving greater equity in resource distribution, fairer access to services, better continuity within and across the health and community care sectors, and the use of evidence to assist management decision-making.

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