When the hospital closes, will we still get to watch this?
ABC News | January 27, 2019 | 10:09:18When the hospital shuts down in 2019, will it still have its own Facebook page?
That’s the question that the head of the South Australian Department of Health is trying to answer after the closure of the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) South Australian Health Research Centre.
The NHMRC has been closed for a year and a half and, due to its closure, it’s been forced to move to the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Health Research Campus, which is expected to be completed in early 2021.
The South Australian Government has already spent $1.3 million to open the Melbourne campus, with the remainder coming from private donations.
But with the closure, what will we see on the NHMCCC’s Facebook page and on its website?
Will we still be able to follow the research happening at the Melbourne Campus?
It seems unlikely.
The new South Australian facility, which will be known as the National Institute of Health Research, is due to open in 2021.
However, as part of its closure announcement, the NHFRC said that it had already closed its doors.
The hospital’s Facebook account, which was supposed to go live in March 2019, had been shut down as of March 30, 2018.
This was followed by the NHMC’s closure announcement on April 5, 2018, which said that “the NHMMC was no longer accepting applications for the 2018-19 period.”
The NHMC is a unit of the NH MRC.
Its website was updated on June 7, 2018 and the NHMHRC was closed on September 3, 2018 (see below).
The NHMHCC is the Australian National Health Research Council (NHRC).
Its website is updated every three months, with a full list of its funding sources.
A Facebook page that the NH MHRC established on April 3, 2020, says:The NH MHCC’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have not been updated since March 30.
The Facebook page of the Australian Health and Medicines Laboratory, which runs the Melbourne Hospital, was updated in September 2018, two days after the NHMGRC was shut down.
The Queensland Health Sciences Authority’s Twitter account was updated at the same time, on March 11, 2018.(Supplied: Queensland Health)The NHMWC’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts were updated in late August 2018 and early September 2018.
In June 2018, the State Government announced that the hospital’s operations would cease in July 2019, meaning that the social media accounts of the other two departments would cease to exist.
So why was the NHMRC closed?
The NHMRCC’s director general, Dr Brian Williams, said in a statement on Tuesday that he was “devastated” by the hospital shutting down and said the closure was a “sad day for all South Australian citizens and the health and wellbeing of our patients”.
The NHMGCC has been running a series of events across South Australia to support the research and development of new therapies and diagnostic tests.
Dr Williams said in his statement that the closure “was not about us”.
He said the NHMWCC was “a proud partner” with the NHMSRC and “our mission is to advance the understanding of diseases and health conditions, and the discovery of new treatments and treatments solutions for the future”.
Dr Williams told the ABC that the research would continue.
“We will continue to do our research and develop new therapies for patients, for doctors and for the health system,” he said.
“The NHMSR and NHMMGCC have been a wonderful partnership for us, and we will continue that in the future.”
However, Dr Williams said that the state’s government had decided to close the NHMFRC and NHMHNCs.
“It is disappointing that the health minister has decided to shut down the two health research organisations, the National Research Council and the Australian Medical Research Organisation, which together represent over $40 billion in funding to the South Australia economy,” he wrote in his Facebook post.
He said that while he hoped the NHRC would continue to operate in South Australia, the “health and wellbeing” of its patients would be impacted.
The closure of both the NHR and the National Institutes of Health would have a significant impact on the research community in South Australian, Dr Michael Gower, a research scientist at the University of Adelaide, told the Herald Sun.
“This is a real concern to the research sector,” Dr Gower said.”[It’s] very important for us to see where the research is going and who’s funding it and what’s the research impact on patients, so we can work together with the research communities to make sure we get the most value out of our funding.”
What happens now?
What if you still want to keep up to date on the work going at the NHMPC?