The University of New England today officially opened the much-anticipated Tablelands Clinical School, a state-of-the-art training facility for UNE medical students.
Assistant Minister for Health, the Honourable Fiona Nash MP, attended the event and officially opened the School. Federal Member for the New England, Barnaby Joyce MP also attended. All guests were given the opportunity to tour the facilities, and a number of UNE medical students conducted demonstrations with some of the sophisticated machines and technology.
UNE Head of the School of Rural Medicine, Professor Steven Doherty, said the facility will be a huge asset to medical and allied health students.
“The Tablelands Clinical School provides students with state-of-the art training facilities including some of the most active simulation laboratories in the State. There are student and staff common rooms, meeting facilities, lecture and tutorial rooms, and 15 GP consultation rooms,” Professor Doherty said.
“The Tablelands Clinical School is a facility for the future which will enable UNE to give students the best possible training. It will help train the next generation of doctors and allied health professionals, making the latest and best training facilities available right here in the New England.”
The School also has one of the most advanced telehealth capabilities in the nation, allowing UNE School of Rural Medicine and allied health students to receive training from external sources, including building on the University’s already close links with the University of California’s telehealth and training programs.
Along with medical students, UNE students in pharmacy, nursing, social work, psychology and exercise physiology that will be able to access and utilise the TCS building.
The Tablelands Clinical School is the result of funding by the Department of Health and Ageing under the Rural Education and Infrastructure Development funding pool and the University of New England.