Flinders University hosts new era in multidisciplinary research

by Helena Morgan
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South Australia’s Flinders University is the first medical research facility in the world to receive a distinguished ‘platinum’ rating from independent assessor WiredScore for the digital connectivity made possible by its new health research hub. 

The $280 million and 10-storey Health and Medical Research Building (HMRB) is set to open mid-2024 and symbolises the genesis of the hotly anticipated Flinders Village development in southern Adelaide’s biomedical research precinct. 

This precinct is laden with potential and promise for Adelaide – predicted to generate $1.5 billion in economic activity, in addition to creating 600 direct and 20,000 indirect employment opportunities. 

Flinders determined to research for impact 

Creating a facility that will be conducive to limitless digital innovation was prioritised from the start of the build, according to Flinders University Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling. 

The HMRB has been purpose-designed and constructed to not only ensure that advanced digital features will be allowed to flourish, but also to equip researchers with the tools and confidence to aim high. 

“The HMRB will bring together more than 600 researchers, clinicians and professional staff, transforming the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of illness into better health and well-being outcomes for the community,” says Stirling. 

Stirling envisages that the building’s “rapid digital connectivity” – recognised by WiredScore’s platinum certification – will contribute to substantial advancements in research and spotlight Flinders University on the global stage.

A high functioning lab facility

WiredScore and Stantec singled out Flinders University’s devotion to impactful research and remaining at the forefront of progress. 

WiredScore’s head of ANZ Ed Jennings applauds the HMRB’s high-quality digital connectivity and infrastructure, as it demonstrates commitment to peak business continuity in lab facilities. 

“Flinders has created an optimal environment for its lab facility to thrive with proper infrastructure planning and upfront resiliency investments,” says Jennings. 

Transformative health outcomes 

Harnessing the powers of multidisciplinary collaboration and camaraderie to achieve transformative health outcomes for the community is the main intention for the HMRB, says Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute director Professor Billie Bonevski. 

“Our research crosses disciplinary boundaries, from laboratory scientists driving new medical discoveries to clinical and public health innovations that will improve health equity and outcomes for communities locally and globally,” she says. 

Bonevski welcomes the new era in multidisciplinary collaboration afforded by the HMRB and anticipates Flinders will excel at the “forefront of discovery and innovation”.

“HMRB’s digital infrastructure and advanced connectivity will enable our top researchers from across many health fields and partner organisations to drive their research into new and exciting directions,” says Bonevski. 

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