THE University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) $150 million Medical Science Precinct is now complete, delivering a single identity to a number of world-class institutions and activities to inner-Hobart.
The precinct encompasses the city’s iconic MS1 and MS2 buildings, along with the Domain campus of UTAS, which contains the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
It forms part of UTAS’ vision for a new heart for Hobart, linking with the $120 million Melville Street student accommodation, the new IMAS waterfront headquarters and $75 million Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts, co-located with the Theatre Royal.
UTAS Vice-Chancellor Professor Rathjen said the medical precinct’s research and teaching activities were global in both standard and scope.
“It is fitting that these elements should be afforded a single identity which is both immediately powerful and full of promise for the future,” he said.
The official launch of the precinct last month coincided with the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania.
Liberal Senator for Tasmania David Bushby said he took great pleasure in officially opening the facilities, which were partly funded by the Australian Government.
“This precinct reinforces Tasmania’s reputation as a leader in world-class medical science and research,” he said.
“It’s a state-of-the-art development which provides the perfect environment to ensure we continue to attract high quality medical researchers and scientists from a range of fields as well as appeal to students wanting to train in the best institution they possibly can.”
Senator Bushby said the precinct would also facilitate future medical discoveries, while providing new employment opportunities and helping to re-energise Hobart’s CBD.
The UTAS Faculty of Health Science has a large footprint across the precinct, including the School of Medicine, and with the Paramedic and Nursing teaching at the Domain.
It maintains strong partnerships with health care providers, such as the Royal Hobart Hospital, which is collocated with the precinct.
Menzies director Professor Tom Marwick said the Medical Science Precinct represented more than just the good work undertaken within Menzies and the Faculty of Health Science.
“It captures the potential of what we can do when we bring world-class teachers and researchers together with talented students,” he said.
“The precinct would not have been possible without the support and partnership of the federal government, state government and contributions from philanthropic organisations and private donors who share our vision.
“For the university, this partnership speaks of a sense of purpose, with our research teaching aimed creating knowledge and having it apply in ways not thought of before.”
Today, UTAS continues to pursue the Northern Health Initiative (NHI), which is expected to deliver an economic return to Tasmania of $1.235 billion over 10 years.