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Announcement of New Chair for Maridulu Budyari Gumal, the Sydney Partnership for Health, Education, Research and Enterprise (SPHERE) Council

Professor Jacobs, Inaugural Chair of SPHERE brought his track record of success in leading health science partnership in UK and has seen the difference these organisations can make. He said, “Our shared aim is to work together to drive excellence in research and education, which deliver improvements in health care and economic prosperity.” His leadership and vision brought a solid collaborative partnership amongst the members.

SPHERE activities have been gaining momentum through the establishment of 16 Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs), key Strategic Programs and Research-Enabling Platforms and National System Level Initiatives that are working together to address major health challenges. Through these groups and programs, SPHERE has already made some significant breakthroughs that reflect the power of bringing people together who were previously in unconnected groups, to focus on translating research into impact, an important part of Australia’s health and medical research policy.

His genuine interest in involvement in the CAGs performance review and strategic guidance of SPHERE more broadly has underpinned all achievements to date. His leadership and guidance in the difficult times of COVID-19 pandemic has also been extraordinary and supported the all of sector response to the pandemic.

We appreciate and are very thankful for all the knowledge, directions and exceptional skills Professor Jacobs has imparted to SPHERE and its membership.

South Western Sydney Local Health District Chief Executive Amanda Larkin congratulated Professor Jacobs on his outstanding leadership as SPHERE’s inaugural Chair.

“Through his leadership and vision, Professor Jacobs has built a strong and robust foundation to improve the health status of the people of NSW,’’ Ms Larkin said.

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to lead SPHERE at this critical time and work together to shape the healthcare of the future.”

“Our culturally diverse communities have some of the highest growth rates in the nation and SPHERE is making great progress integrating best practice research to deliver better healthcare to the people of south western and south eastern Sydney and beyond.”

 “I look forward to building on the achievements of the past four years and the continued development of our region and state as an international hub of health research excellence.’’

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