The BEST Network is a not-for profit network of biomedical schools developing and sharing next-generation courseware and technology.

Our vision

Our vision is that every educator and every student, wherever they are, will have access to the best biomedical education.

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Our Story

The BEST Network began as a government funded $4.5M project in 2012 to establish a network of leading biomedical schools and peak industry bodies set to revolutionise biomedical education by addressing a critical need in biomedical education world-wide: the need for easy sharing of knowledge, expertise and technologies.

The BEST Network’s Founding Members established the Network as a not-for-profit venture in 2014, with UNSW as the Administering Organisation. As a not-for-profit, BEST Network membership fees cover running costs of the network with the remainder used for further improvement of the Network’s shared resources.

The Network hosted a Community Summit in 2015, which brought together top healthcare professionals and experts from around Australia, all looking to advance healthcare education through collaboration and the use of innovative education technologies.

In 2017, the BEST Network was honoured to receive the BHERT Award for Outstanding Collaboration in Higher Education Training. The award recognised the collaboration fostered between Higher Education institutions and Smart Sparrow, along with its achievements in distributing education and skills training across numerous higher education institutions (see here for more details).

In late 2020, OpenLearning Limited was welcomed as the operating and technology partner of the BEST Network. OpenLearning plans to focus its efforts on expanding the capability of Slice to solidify its position as the world’s leading tool for teaching with biomedical images.

2,751

Biomedical educators from 495 schools

21,192

Medical Images shared, with 200,000+ shared annotations

16,268

Students joined as BEST students

1,175,952

Annotations created on Slice images

BEST Management Committee

Prof. Nicholas Hawkins
Prof. Nicholas Hawkins
Lead of the BEST Network, UNSW Sydney
Prof. Gary Velan
Prof. Gary Velan
Institutional Representative UNSW Sydney
Dr. Claire Aland
Dr. Claire Aland
Institutional Representative University of Queensland
Dr. Stephanie Dowdell
Dr. Stephanie Dowdell
Manager/Secretary BEST Network
Adam Brimo
Adam Brimo
Founder and Group CEO, OpenLearning Limited

Institutional Members

GOVERNING MEMBERS

UNSW Sydney
UNSW Sydney
Founding member since: Jul 2012
University of Queensland
University of Queensland
Founding member since: Jul 2012

MEMBERS

Griffith University
Griffith University
Member since: Feb 2021
University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne
Member since: Jul 2012
East Carolina University
East Carolina University
Member since: Aug 2019
King's College London
King's College London
Member since: Oct 2017
Howard University
Howard University
Member since: Sep 2017
University of New England
University of New England
Member since: Apr 2016
University of Sydney
University of Sydney
Member since: Dec 2015
Macquarie University
Macquarie University
Member since: Nov 2015
Translational Cancer Research Network
Translational Cancer Research Network
Member since: Jun 2015
Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University
Member since: May 2015
UMass Medical School
UMass Medical School
Member since: Apr 2014

Contact Us

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BEST Network - Australia Office
Dr. Stephanie Dowdell

Project Manager, School of Medical Sciences, BEST Network
The University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052

s.dowdell@best.edu.au
BEST Network - OpenLearning Australia Office

Level 2 235-239 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills, NSW 2010

contact@openlearning.com
+612 8294 9686
BEST Network - OpenLearning Malaysia Office

Found8 KL Sentral, 5, East Wing, Level 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, KL Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur

contact@openlearning.com