Alfred Clinical School officially opens

Alfred Clinical School officially opens

30 Aug 2010

La Trobe University is proud to announce the opening of the Nursing and Allied Health Clinical School in one of Melbourne’s most prominent hospitals.  The new state of the art teaching, research and clinic facility located at the Alfred hospital represents a new phase in the preparation of nurses and allied health personnel. 

Nursing students help patient The new three million dollar facility will be officially opened by the CEO of Alfred Health Mr Andrew Way on Monday 30 August.

La Trobe University Vice Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson believes the collaboration builds on the University’s competitive edge within health education and health sciences.

‘The clinical school will bridge the gap between theoretical and practical work by enabling final year students to undertake the two within the Alfred Health Network’, says Professor Johnson.

‘It’s an arrangement that will ensure postgraduate courses represent contemporary health care needs, and I expect good results from this important partnership,’ he adds.

The Head of the Clinical School, La Trobe University’s Professor Bill McGuiness believes that the clinical school addresses some concerns raised by the general public about the preparation of nurses within higher education. .

‘This new Clinical school is a joint meeting place where academic and practical work comes together. It provides an opportunity for clinicians and academics to work together in the delivery of high quality health care and participate in clinically relevant nursing and allied health research,’ he says

The state of the art teaching facilities will allow patients to be brought into the class room either via simulation of video conference links.

‘Just last week I was able to demonstrate how to assess a patient with a venous leg ulcer simultaneously to students across all of our campuses,’ he says.

The new clinic will also be beneficial to academic staff where they can teach their students and run a practice at the same time.

‘In the past many academics within the Health Sciences had to leave their practices and treating their patients, however our new Clinic  allows them to have the best of both worlds where they can teach their students and see to patients,’ he says.

The University and Alfred Health are currently negotiating other disciplines that will soon be available to students.

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