Healthcare professionals and students in the Illawarra will be able to use the latest advanced technology to replicate real-life treatment scenarios with the opening today of a new purpose-built facility in Wollongong.
Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird said the centrepiece of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health Education Centre would be simulation-based learning involving ‘patients’, their family members and clinicians.
“The purpose-built facility has been designed to make clinical teaching and training of professionals and students in nursing, medicine and allied health more available in the Illawarra region,” Ms Bird said.
“A key part of the Australian Government’s health reform is tackling the nation’s critical shortage of health professionals.
“This state-of the-art centre, next to Wollongong Hospital, will provide training for health and medical students from the University of Wollongong, and others supported by the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District.”
Member for Throsby Stephen Jones welcomed the opening of the new facility as a new addition to the growing health and services sector of the Illawarra economy.
“The health services sector is an important and growing part of our local economy and I am pleased to take part in today’s ceremony to mark the opening of this modern teaching facility which will be a tremendous teaching asset for medical students,” he said.
The Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District received funding of
$4.98 million under the Innovative Clinical Teaching and Training Grants (ICTTG) Program to purchase land, and construct the training facility and student accommodation.
The facility is one of 35 projects supported by the $90 million program which has provided funding to universities, private practices, state and territory governments, private and public hospitals and Aboriginal Medical Services.
Health Workforce Australia has contributed $863,000 for the fit-out of the facility and an additional $500,000 for staffing costs which is administered through the NSW Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).
Ms Bird said patients in the Illawarra would now be able to receive the best treatment available from clinical professionals with the most up-to-date skills and training.
Ms Bird officially opened the facility on behalf of Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek.