It’s go on a new health training facility in Cooma, with work starting on the South East NSW Health Collaborative project at Cooma Hospital.
The centre is one of three new facilities, including Bega, where work is already underway, with Moryra to follow. The aim is to increase training capability and research in nursing, midwifery, allied health and medicine.
The joint venture between the University of Canberra and the Australian National University has received nearly $8 million in federal funding.
It’s hoped the project will make inroads towards better accessibility to healthcare in regional areas, as well as offering collaboration opportunities and professional development between health service staff and the universities.
“We’re very excited to be collaborating with ANU and local hospitals on this project, in order to improve training, research and healthcare delivery in these regions,” says Professor Deep Saini, UC Vice-Chancellor and President.
“Students and healthcare professionals from the universities will be able to engage with the local health workforce in a supportive, meaningful exchange of knowledge and skills that will simultaneously benefit the regional community and open up amazing opportunities for research.”
Professor Imogen Mitchell, Director of the ANU Medical School adds, “ANU is a university that offers solutions and improves the lives of people in local communities all over the world.”
“This important collaboration with UC, and the Cooma Hospital and community is another example of this.
“This vital partnership will see ANU medical students learn from high-quality frontline health services in Cooma and creates a cohort of graduates who understand the importance and value of working in our rural, remote and regional communities.
“We are looking forward to a new and exciting chapter working with UC and the Cooma community to deliver excellence in student teaching and experience.”
The well-appointed facility will include simulated learning spaces outfitted with state-of-the-art communications infrastructure, seminar spaces and student accommodation.
The South East NSW Health Collaborative facilities are expected to be completed in late March 2020.