Patrick McNeil is Macquarie University’s inaugural Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences where he leads the Faculty’s tripartite and integrated missions of academic clinical practice, education and research. He is also the Managing Director of Macquarie University Clinical Associates, which provides professional clinical services to Macquarie University Hospital, which together with the Faculty forms Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre, Australia’s first fully integrated academic health sciences enterprise under a university’s leadership. Patrick’s vision for the Health Sciences Centre is the provision of cutting edge clinical care, placing the patient at its focus of its operations with a strong emphasis on quality and safety. The Centre will value its staff, create a learning workplace, and foster a culture of collaboration and inter-disciplinary care. Over time, Patrick sees the Macquarie University Health Sciences Centre as being the institution of choice for clinicians and researchers at the top of their fields.
As a clinical academic for over 21 years, Patrick combined research with teaching medical students, and treating patients with arthritis. He spent 12 years at Prince of Wales Hospital and in 2005 took up a chair in Rheumatology at Liverpool Hospital. His interest in teaching and learning led him to complete a Graduate Diploma in Higher Education, and to a leadership role as Associate Dean, Education where he led the transformation of UNSW’s medical curriculum to a highly innovative outcomes-based program that many now regard as one of Australia’s pre-eminent Medicine programs.
From 2012-2014 Patrick joined the leadership team at Liverpool Hospital as the Executive Clinical Director. In this role, he worked to transform the ways that doctors, nurses and health professionals interact with each other and do their work to ensure patients receive timely, safe and effective care when they require hospital treatment.
Arthritis is a common problem and seriously under-funded and under-recognised for its contribution to overall health burden. Patrick served as Chair of Arthritis Australia from 2010-2014 to assist in its mission of advocating for and improving the lives of the 3 million Australian people living with arthritis.