OFFICIAL OPENING: Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt opened the UQ Health Sciences Learning and Discovery Centre. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail
OFFICIAL OPENING: Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt opened the UQ Health Sciences Learning and Discovery Centre. Photo: Mike Knott / NewsMail Mike Knott

State of the art medical training

THE University of Queensland has opened a medical training centre in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay to boost the stream of home-grown doctors to rural communities.

The UQ Rural Clinical School (UQRCS) officially opened the $2.4 million UQ Health Sciences Learning and Discovery Centre in Bundaberg yesterday, featuring state-of-the-art interactive clinical simulation features.

UQ vice chancellor and president professor Peter Hoj said the centre was part of a wider commitment the university had made to invest across its rural academic sites.

"The centre is purpose-built to offer a high-quality clinical training environment comparable to the best facilities offered anywhere in the world," he said.

"Australians in regional and remote areas on average face greater healthcare challenges, higher injury rates and higher mortality rates, so we need the best doctors to be rural doctor."

"That's why UQ and the State and Federal Governments have partnered to deliver a locally-trained and self-sustaining rural, regional and remote medical workforce of home-grown medical graduates."

UQ Rural Clinical School head associate professor Riitta Partanen said rurally-trained medical students got a taste of the diversity of the rural lifestyle, clinical hands-on experience, smaller classes, greater one-on-one exposure to specialists and trainers and had the chance to become part of a working clinical team.

She said the Learning and Discover Centre was a boon to the entire community, benefiting students and local health professionals alike.

"Our co-location on hospital grounds enables us to build relationships with outstanding teaching clinicians who not only welcome our students into their teams, but use our teaching spaces for professional development and community health education opportunities," associate professor Partanen said.

"The centre features simulates learning environments and make training more interactive and more realistic than ever before."

Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt officially opened the building.



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