The unique and exciting opportunities associated with the Gold Coast’s multi-million dollar Health and Knowledge Precinct have been formally recognised.

Professor Allan Cripps, Pro Vice Chancellor Health at Griffith University, and Michael Allsopp, acting CEO of the Gold Coast Health Service District, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Gold Coast Health and Medical Research Conference, hosted by the Griffith Health Institute.

A $1.76 billion 750-bed university hospital and a $136 million health centre are under construction at the Gold Coast campus in the Parklands precinct.

The construction of these facilities is due to be completed at the end of 2012.

The MOU acknowledges the intent of both parties to work together to deliver health services, practices and programs which are responsive to the changing needs of the Gold Coast community.

They aim to enhance patient care, student education, clinical training, research and community service across one of Australia’s fastest growing regions.

The Griffith Health Centre (G40) represents the university’s largest investment in a single building in its 40-year history.

It reconfirms Griffith’s intent to achieve the best medical outcomes for a broad and diverse health group by maximising collaboration.