Flinders University International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing
As Director of the Flinders University International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing, I am pleased to welcome you to the Centre's web site.
The Flinders University International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing was launched in March 2011, following approval for its establishment by the Academic Senate of Flinders University late in 2010.
The launch of the International Centre represents the culmination of 15 years of pioneering practical work and leadership in the field of point-of-care testing delivered principally by the Community Point-of-Care Services unit within the Flinders University Rural Clinical School.
Across the years, the Community Point-of-Care Services unit has implemented and delivered the largest number and most diverse range of community-based point-of-care testing models in Australia.
It has also become a national leader in delivering teaching programs for undergraduate university students.
As a result of its growing profile and through its wide-ranging research publications on point-of-care testing, the Community Point-of-Care Services unit continued to receive an increasing number of requests for assistance with point-of-care testing from a range of countries including Africa, the Western Pacific, New Guinea, New Zealand, Asia and Canada.
These requests provided the impetus for a successful submission to the University’s Academic Senate to establish an International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing at Flinders University (with the Community Point-of-Care Services unit merging under the umbrella of the new Centre).
The development of the International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing has positioned Flinders University as a recognised centre for excellence in teaching and research in this field internationally.
Indeed, to the best of my knowledge, the International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing is the first of its type to be created in the world.
The vision of the International Centre for Point-of-Care Testing is neatly aligned with Flinders University Strategic Plan 2010-2014 - Inspiring Flinders Future, which includes the following key strategies:
- building supportive communities
- enhancing educational opportunities
- valuing quality in teaching
- focusing research and
- strengthening internationalisation.
The first year and a half of the Centre’s operations have been exciting, rewarding and challenging, as we have sought to build strong foundations for the Centre’s initial research and teaching initiatives.
In terms of research, the Centre has established a network of international collaborations with universities and professional organisations in 7 countries and commenced the rollout of a new international point-of-care testing program for diabetes management, called ACE (Analytical and Clinical Excellence), in rural and remote Indigenous communities in those countries.