The University of Notre Dame Australia has celebrated the 10th anniversary of the School of Medicine in Sydney with a glamorous cocktail party at the Sydney Museum’s Harbourview Room.
Guests at the event, held on Tuesday (30 October), included senior academic staff, directors, trustees, deans, current students, alumni and the school’s partners in NSW health.
The Most Reverend Bishop Terry Brady DD VG delivered the opening prayer while Michael L’Estrange, the University’s Deputy Chancellor, gave a detailed history of the school and its achievements.
“Tonight, we are celebrating the great achievements of the Notre Dame medical community and the incredible difference they have made to the health and care of so many people in this city, this state, Australia and beyond.”
Mr L’Estrange paid tribute to the dedicated team who had worked to establish Sydney’s School of Medicine and acknowledged the invaluable support received over the years.
“We are rightly proud of all that the school has achieved, not only in graduating medical students who have expert knowledge and great clinical skills, but also students who are inspired in their vocation by a deep sense of care, compassion and mission.”
In her address, Professor Christine Bennett, Dean of Medicine, paid tribute to the dedicated people who had helped to establish and give the School such a unique charter.
“Together, they achieved what seemed to be impossible,” she said.
Professor Bennett added that the School had gained an enviable reputation for the high calibre of its graduates – as evidenced by the recent triumph in the Golden Scalpel Games.
Rather the resting on its laurels, Professor Bennett said the School had identified a number of future objectives such as introducing a new graduate diploma program, enrolling more international students and expanding its research efforts in palliative care, bioethics, Aboriginal health and rural medicine.
“We enter our second decade as a medical school doing something very special,” she said.