Revved-up research facility
THERE’S something slightly unnerving upon seeing your first breathing, blinking manikin.
When you can read their pulse, call them by name – in this instance Gareth or Geoffrey – and sight them lying prone in a replica hospital ward, it’s hard to resist the temptation to fetch the nurse and make sure they’re taken care of.
But what capped off the experience watching Gareth and Geoffrey was that they were looked after in the back of a semi-trailer.
Yesterday, Southern Cross University (SCU) unveiled its new, mobile Learning and Research Facility.
The facility will soon be on the road across the Northern Rivers and beyond, giving SCU health students a chance to put their training into practice in a simulated clinical setting, no matter where they live.
Head of Southern Cross University’s School of Health and Human Sciences, Professor Iain Graham, said the facility would lead to greater opportunities for students in regional and remote locations.
“We are committed to increasing access to higher education for regional students, and we know that students who undertake their placements in rural and remote locations are more likely to gain permanent employment in these areas,” he said.
Page MP Janelle Saffin, who successfully lobbied the Federal Government to fund the mobile facility, officially opened the facility yesterday at SCU’s Lismore campus.
“This will benefit not only students but also existing health professionals in remote areas and of course their patients,” she said.
The facility is expected to be on the road by first semester next year.
TRUCK TURNED HOSPITAL:
Southern Cross University has unveiled its new $1.4m mobile learning facility.
The facility is a semi trailer that replicates hospital care to train students in regional and remote areas.
The trailer is fully independent with internal power. Data can be sent from the trailer to the uni campus or a hospital.