Strategic Partnerships

We engage with our partners in business, industry and government to help them achieve their goals and objectives, and apply our research to make a real difference to the lives of others.

At the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences we work with a broad range of industry partners, from small start-ups to large multinational pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as state and federal government departments.

Within the faculty, we successfully identify and develop technologies to address unmet medical needs in the community, and translate these to market in collaboration with industry partners. Technologies developed across a range of disciplines have been commercialised, both domestically and internationally.

The Innovation and Commercial Partners Branch incorporates Commercialisation and Business Development. The Commercialisation team is responsible for technology transfer at the University, and play an integral role in helping to bring these technologies to market, and making ideas investment-ready.

Whether you’re a multinational, an ambitious small business, a government agency or a not-for-profit with an innovative agenda, a research partnership with the University can have a positive impact on your organisation. The University’s Business Development team will work with you to quantify your needs and put you in direct contact with the most relevant experts.

Our faculty also provides a number of other services for partners, including: expert witness advice; assay services; preclinical testing; epidemiological studies; clinical trials; biostatistical analyses; health technology assessment; and other contract research and consulting services across all health disciplines.


The South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) undertakes research into many serious health problems facing Australians, including cancer, premature birth, infectious disease, heart disease, Aboriginal health disparities, diabetes and dementia. The faculty works very closely with the institute; a significant number of our researchers are based there, with some being SAHMRI theme leaders. Our medical, nursing, dentistry and public health schools are also within the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building located adjacent to SAHMRI in the Adelaide BioMed City.

SA Health

The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences has a strong, long-standing relationship with SA Health and with its Local Health Networks. SA Health is one of the largest employers of our graduates, and many of our titleholders are SA Health staff. Many of our students also undertake clinical placements within SA Health facilities, both in the metropolitan area and beyond including the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital, Modbury Hospital and Women's and Children's Hospital as well as in primary care and regional health facilities.

Adelaide Health Innovation Partnership

The Adelaide Health Innovation Partnership (AHIP) is an alliance between the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN), South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the University of Adelaide. AHIP facilitates and advocates for change, innovation and improvements in health service delivery, medical research, education and patient care.

Adelaide UniCare

Adelaide UniCare operates several general practices and provides clinical placements for our medical and nursing students. University staff and students can access general-practice appointments. It also facilitates research into general practice.

Basil Hetzel Institute

The Basil Hetzel Institute is the highly productive research arm of The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Our faculty researchers work closely with the institute, with many based at the institute. The institute provides practical training opportunities for our undergraduate and postgraduate students. Parts of the Adelaide Medical School’s surgery, medicine and psychiatry disciplines are also based at the hospital.


Our Adelaide Dental School has a long-standing and rich partnership with Colgate-Palmolive. This partnership has enabled us to purchase necessary equipment for use in teaching and the conduct of life-changing research. Colgate-Palmolive supports the work of the Dental Practice Education Research Unit, which is located within the University's Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH).

SA Dental Service

Our dentistry and oral health students undertake placements at facilities operated by the SA Dental Service, which provides dental services for children and eligible adults throughout the state. The University also has a 30-year partnership contract with SA Health to deliver these services within the Adelaide Dental Hospital in the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, in the Adelaide BioMed City.

International partnerships

The faculty works with strategic international partners to facilitate research collaboration, staff and student exchange, joint PhD programs and articulation pathways. These partnerships help to provide us with a global perspective on all faculty activities.