La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor Dewar today opened the $22.4 million Clinical Teaching Building, which is located in the heart of the new Bendigo Hospital precinct.
The facility is the final piece of the $75.9 million La Trobe Rural Health School to be officially opened.
Professor Dewar said the clinic was an important component of La Trobe’s commitment to regional communities and to help train the next generation of health professionals in Bendigo and Northern Victoria.
‘La Trobe University is committed to making a difference to some of the big issues of our time and to building healthy communities across Australia, particularly in rural and regional locations,” Professor Dewar said.
‘This facility will help equip the future health workers with the skills, teamwork and passion they need to provide the highest-quality health outcomes and professional care to their patients.
‘We know that professionals trained in regional areas are more likely to work in those same areas once they have graduated, so this facility is an important investment in the healthy futures of cities, towns and communities in Bendigo and across northern Victoria.
‘This building, together with the other components of the La Trobe Rural Health School, confirms our position as one of the leading providers of rural health education in Australia and provides a great platform to support our bid to bring a fully-fledged medical school to Bendigo,' Professor Dewar said.
The Clinical Teaching Building will be used by La Trobe University students studying nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, and speech pathology.
The Acting Head of the La Trobe Rural Health School, Professor Teresa Iacono, said the facility featured the latest simulation facilities, research and laboratory facilities.
She said it would accommodate a range of teaching and learning spaces for students in the same precinct they undertook their practical placements within the health system.
‘This building reflects our vision to create a diverse yet holistic student, research and academic experience, and I think we have delivered on that,’ Professor Iacono said.
‘By providing these training facilities and a truly innovative curriculum, La Trobe University will equip tomorrow’s health professionals with the tools they need to succeed.’
The funding for the La Trobe Rural Health School has come from the Australian Government’s Education Investment Fund.
The components of the $75.9 million project are the clinical teaching building and an expanded dental school facility at the Bendigo Health Campus, construction of the rural health school building and upgraded anatomy and physiology facilities on the La Trobe campus at Bendigo as well as 286 student residential accommodation beds in regional Victoria.
The building will achieve a 5 star Green Star design rating in keeping with La Trobe University’s commitment to sustainability.
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