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Engage Central Coast opens doors for community to university

The successful research partnership between the Central Coast Mariners and the University of Newcastle – Central Coast was showcased at the Regional Development Australia Central Coast Focus on the Coast event in May.

Partnerships to build the Central Coast, was the theme of the night, which highlighted the University’s push to help build the capacity of the Central Coast through mutually beneficial collaborations and projects.

University academics were partnered with their collaborators in the areas of Business Innovation, Manufacturing, Community Health and Sports Research, to speak to the importance of the collaborations, at the event. Videos of the presentations made on the night are available on the RDA website at http://www.rdacc.org.au/focus-on-the-coast

The University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Professor Andrew Parfitt, who oversees the University’s Regional Campuses, launched the Engage Central Coast platform to an audience of more than 40 people.

“Building partnerships to assist in the growth of the Central Coast is a key strategic aim of the University of Newcastle,” Professor Parfitt said.

“By drawing on the knowledge which flourishes throughout the Central Coast, the University and community can work together to identify goals, drive innovation and form sustainable partnerships that have widespread and mutual benefits.

“Engage Central Coast will celebrate and tell the stories of these important partnerships.”

What they said:

• Mariners Head of Sports Science, Andrew Clarke, spoke highly of the research partnership with the University, saying he believed it was instrumental in helping the football club to win the 2013 A League championship.

• Coastshelter executive officer, Laurie Maher, partnered with University of Newcastle academic Janet Wallace, to promote the University’s Mobile Oral Health Van, which provides free dental care for the region’s most vulnerable residents. A project of the University of Newcastle Foundation, the Van is supported by organisations like Coastshelter, and is operated by students who work under the supervision of qualified clinicians.

• The partnership between the University and the Department of Primary Industries, including the $6 million Ourimbah campus research centre, was showcased at the event.

• Innovation expert and academic Dr Anton Kriz gave a presentation with award-winning builder, Craig Baxter from Baxter Building, who has diversified his business after participating in the RDA and Inno8Central’s Central Coast Innovation Champion’s Program.

To read about these partnerships follow Engage Central Coast on Twitter. If you have a story for Engage Central Coast contact leonie.brann@newcastle.edu.au

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