New one stop shop clinical training centre opened

A $17.7 million clinical education centre to train a new generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals has been opened by the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, in Sydney.

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1 November 2013

A $17.7 million clinical education centre to train a new generation of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals was opened by the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Peter Dutton, in Sydney today.

The new training facility at the Sydney Adventist Hospital will provide education and training for multiple professions including medical, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, radiation science, orthoptics, occupational therapy, dietetics, and physiotherapy.

“The facility will enable an integrated approach to clinical training, with students from a range of diverse disciplines training together at the one purpose-built site,” Mr Dutton said.

“The Australian government has contributed more than $12 million to this project, partnering with the hospital, the University of Sydney, Avondale College of Higher Education, the University of Technology Sydney, and the University of Newcastle to provide a state of the art training facility.

“The $10 million capital works component is the largest capital grant awarded by the Commonwealth through the Health Workforce Australia Clinical Training Funding Program. This program is aimed at increasing the number of students in key professions by expanding the clinical training capacity of the health system.

“Australia is facing a critical shortage of doctors, nurses and other health professions and attracting new people into the health system is crucial. To do this we must continue to find new and innovative ways to train and retain health care professionals and this Centre at Adventist Hospital is a great example of best practice.

“The Centre, with its many partners working together will present more diverse opportunities for students, and give the clinicians working outside the public system an opportunity to teach. And we know that health services that teach, deliver better patient outcomes,” Mr Dutton said.

The Sydney Adventist Hospital’s Education Centre will provide education and training programs including undergraduate, post graduate, registrar, fellowship and continuing professional education.

By 2016 it is expected that up to 40 doctors and more than 120 nurses each year will begin training in the new facility.

Media contact: Kay McNiece, Minister Dutton’s Office, 0412 132585

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