Blacktown Hospital Day a great success

Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Danny O’Connor, Blacktown Hospital forensic unit medical examiner Dr Maria Nittis and Prof Michael Edye.

Blacktown Hospital’s research and education symposium was a great success, with more than 120 people attending last week’s presentations and helping celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Western Sydney University School of Medicine.

At the symposium, guest speakers focused on three key areas – education, innovation and caring for our most vulnerable.

Topics included forensic medicine, elderly and emergency care, diabetes, metabolic surgery, innovative antibiotic research and palliative care.

The keynote speaker was Professor Harry Merkur, who entertained attendees with a snapshot of his Blacktown Hospital life.

Professor Merkur spoke about how Blacktown Hospital is ideally positioned to attract the next generation of clinicians – a booming birthrate, outstanding gynaecological training, advances in laproscopic surgery and research innovations that all offer opportunities for increasing knowledge and expertise.

“Our second annual Hospital Day brought together clinicians, allied health, nursing and non-clinical staff and provided them with enlightening and informative presentations about a variety of subjects” Professor Michael Edye said.

“It was wonderful to learn about so many new projects and innovative technologies that are happening right here at Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.”

The Western Sydney University of Medicine also celebrated its 10th birthday.

WSU’s first building opened at Campbelltown in 2008 and the Blacktown clinical school was opened in 2011 by then Prime Minister the Hon. Julia Gillard AC.

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