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Newsroom Releases 2014 August New clinical training facility opening in Mackay

11/08/2014
New clinical training facility opening in Mackay
A new Mater James Cook University clinical training facility will officially open at the Mater Hospital in Mackay tomorrow (August 12th), which will increase the capacity for training doctors and nurses in the region.

New clinical training facility opening in Mackay

A new Mater James Cook University clinical training facility will officially open at the Mater Hospital in Mackay tomorrow (August 12th), which will increase the capacity for training doctors and nurses in the region.

The $3.3 million Mater Misericordiae Hospital JCU Clinical Training Centre (CTC) involves an ongoing relationship for use of the facility by JCU and clinical placements by Mater Mackay Hospital.

Christine Goodwin, Operations Manager of the Rural Clinical Training and Support Program in JCU’s College of Medicine and Dentistry, said JCU had been training medical students at the Mackay Clinical School since 2004.

“It is a key clinical training site in the network that has been developed across regional and rural northern Australia by the College of Medicine and Dentistry,” Ms Goodwin said.

“The vision is to train students in rural areas in order to provide regional and remote communities with doctors that are both sensitive and experienced in dealing with their specialised needs.”

The CTC building contains lecture/tutorial rooms, clinical skills areas, simulation and private study facilities, workspaces for JCU academic staff and Mater Mackay Clinical Educators, and an administration office.

Ms Goodwin said the CTC supports an increased number of medical students rotating through both the public and private healthcare settings during their two-year clinical training at Mackay Clinical School, providing an integrated experience of health service delivery.

Ms Goodwin said the teaching facility also enables nursing students to undertake their studies full-time in Mackay instead of relocating to Townsville for the three years of their course, increasing the potential for graduates to remain in the region.

“Demand for allied health placements in Mackay is also increasing and this project will support expanded clinical training placements in those disciplines, particularly physiotherapy and pharmacy,” Ms Goodwin said.

“Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Limited, and locally, Mater Mackay is proud to be a partner with James Cook University in providing increased clinical training places for healthcare students in Mackay,” Sandra Moore, Executive Officer Mater Mackay, said.

“Mater Mackay plays a pivotal role along with the Mackay Hospital and Health Service in the provision of health care services in this region and the benefits from the establishment of this training facility with James Cook University are tremendous,” she said.

“The Mater has been a fantastic supporter of the JCU model of distributed regional medical education from the outset,” Professor Richard Murray, Dean of JCU College of Medicine and Dentistry said.

“The new facility brings that role to fruition with the hospital able to take its proper place in a teaching health system,” he said. “A big part of success in building up the future health workforce for the north is about ‘recruit local, train local, work local.”

“Thanks to the funding support from Health Workforce Australia and the Department of Health, this exciting development will allow students to be educated in a state-of-the-art facility that will support their contribution to the health of the Mackay community as registered nurses,” Professor Lee Stewart, Dean of JCU College of Healthcare Sciences said.

This project was a partnership between JCU and Mercy Health and Aged Care Central Queensland Ltd. Other funding sources included Health Workforce Australia Clinical Training Funding Program and the Federal Department of Health Increased Clinical Training Capacity Program.

Details of Mater JCU Clinical Training Centre Official Blessing and Opening:

When: Tuesday 12 August 2014, from 2pm

Where: Lecture Rooms 2 & 3 (First Floor), Mater JCU Clinical Training Centre

Mater Misericordiae Hospital Mackay, 76 Willetts Rd.

Further timeframes: 1.45pm: Arrival of Senator Matthew Canavan, representing the Federal Minister for Health, at front entrance of Mater Hospital. Official speeches at 2.45pm, unveiling of plaque 3.10pm, tour of building/media interviews/afternoon tea at 3.15pm.

For more information, contact Christine Goodwin on 
tel: 4885 7152 or 0407 548 816