South Western Sydney Clinical School

Congratulations to Craig Smith

Please join the School in congratulating our colleague Craig Smith on having been named a recipient of the 2017 UNSW Medicine Dean’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. This award is presented each year to a person known for sustained excellence in the delivery of professional support services, underpinning the research and/or teaching of the Faculty. 
Craig has been at Liverpool Hospital since 2002 and with the School as an adjunct since 2005. Craig was nominated for this award by Professors Jeremy Wilson and Minoti Apte in recognition for the significant contribution that Craig has made to the development of the teaching, clinical skills and research infrastructure in south western Sydney.

These efforts have included obtaining and project managing $3.7m in funding from the Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations (DEEWR) to expand the UNSW network and Uniwide to Liverpool, Bankstown, Fairfield and Braeside and the establishment of our videoconference network across south western Sydney. Craig was also instrumental in developing the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre component of the successful Ingham Health Research Institute (IHRI) grant application which resulted in approximately $6 million from the Health and Hospital Fund (HHF) invested in the development of dedicated teaching space at Liverpool. The HHF resources, along with a series of successful Health Workforce Australia (HWA) funding applications also authored by Craig, resulted in UNSW resourcing approximately $9.4m toward the construction of the Centre. 

Above all else, Craig has been an excellent advocate for south western Sydney. Most recently, he took the lead in the design and implementation of the 2017 Medicine Showcase visit by the UNSW Management Group to Liverpool. Craig took responsibility for choosing the facilities to be visited and for liaising and coordinating that those services to meet the needs of the Showcase. All feedback on the event has suggested that it set the scene for a very positive visit to the Faculty by the Vice Chancellor with a good balance of teaching, research, innovation and showcasing the people of Medicine. 

The fact that this award has been made to a member of our team highlights the important role that the south west plays in the future of the Faculty. This is an outstanding achievement for both Craig and the School.

Date Published
Friday, 1 December 2017
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