Message from the Dean, 26 November 2020

I'm here in University Square, with my office in the Alan Gilbert Building just a stone's throw away. In my message this week, I talk about further easing of restrictions in Victoria and promising news in COVID science with several vaccines showing over 90 per cent effectiveness. I also cover:

  • The Victorian Government's announcement of $155 million in funding for a new state of the art infectious diseases facility at the old Ford Site, expanding the Doherty Institute, bringing the Burnet Institute to campus, and creating many new technology platforms
  • The recent MDHS Staff Awards, celebrating colleagues who’ve made outstanding values-based contributions to education, research and strategic projects – across the Faculty and the communities we serve
  • An update on the University’s Pandemic Reset Program, the consultation for phase 1 and a reminder that you can also provide feedback or raise concerns through the 'MDHS Have Your Say' inbox

I also had the pleasure of catching up over Zoom with Professor Mike McGuckin, Associate Dean Research, to talk about 2020 and all of its challenges and opportunities. We discuss the significant contributions MDHS research has made this year, and our priorities for research in 2021 and beyond. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

Warm regards.

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