The purpose-built health facilities at LRHS give our students modern, interactive learning experiences and support the ground-breaking work of our diverse team of researchers.
The clinical learning environments at LRHS provide realistic but safe spaces for students to start putting theory into practice. They help students develop the clinical and critical thinking skills that are vital for a career as a health professional.
Experience gained in our world-class facilities mean our students confidently enter the workplace for their clinical placements with our industry partners.
Multipurpose Skills Laboratories
The Multipurpose Skills Laboratories at both the Bendigo campus and Clinical Teaching Building in Bendigo are used for a range of research and teaching purposes across several disciplines.
This laboratory spaces give our exercise science and exercise physiology students hands-on experience build understanding and skills around motor control and learning. Specialist equipment includes electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) which is used to measure proprioception and muscle and neural activity.
Our physiotherapy and occupational therapy students also use these spaces. These labs mimic realistic clinical settings for neurological rehabilitation and musculoskeletal and cardiovascular physiotherapy. These labs provide the ideal environment for students to practice assessment and intervention skills with other students or simulated patients before working with real patients on clinical placement.
The Simulated Residence at the Bendigo campus enables our occupational therapy and paramedic students to practice their skills in a realistic home environment.
This facility includes:
- A simulated bedroom with single bed and bedroom cupboards
- A simulated bathroom with (non-functional) toilet, bath, sink, and shower
- A simulated kitchen with kitchen benchtops and cupboards, stove, oven, and fridge
- A lounge and entry space with couch, chairs, coffee table, and sideboard
- A wall mounted television screen hooked up to the computer system in the paramedicine simulation lab
Ceiling mounted cameras and microphones are integrated into the Simulated Residence so that staff and students can record and playback scenarios and skills sessions, giving students detailed feedback on their performance.
The splinting lab located within the Clinical Teaching Building in Bendigo is a purpose-built environment where occupational therapy students learn to design and manufacture thermoplastic splints for upper limb conditions.
This room includes all equipment commonly used in occupational therapy practice. Simulated practice using these facilities allows our students to develop their splinting skills before working with real clients requiring upper limb interventions during their placements.
Speech Pathology Laboratory
The Speech Pathology lab is based at the Clinical Teaching Building and is home a broad range of manual, electronic and computer-based equipment for the assessment of speech, voice, hearing and swallowing problems.
Using this lab gives our speech pathology students an introduction to using high quality equipment to assess communication and swallowing problems. Our researchers use this equipment both locally and as part of our global citizenship research project based in Cambodia.
Specialist equipment includes:
- Kay Pentax Phonatory Aerodynamic System (PAS)
- Kay Pentax Computerised Speech and Multispeech Analysis System
- Ambulatory Phonatory Monitor (APM)
- Grason-Stadler Screening Audiometer
- MedRX otoscope
- Grason-Stadler Tympanometer
- Sound Level Meter
- Iowa Oral Performance Instrument (IOPI)
- Neurotrac Myoplus 2 (sEMG)
- High and low-tech Alternative and Augmentative Communication devices (AAC).
Clinical learning environments
La Trobe Rural Health School's clinical learning environments provide a centre of excellence for innovative approaches to teaching and learning and research.
These specialist facilities are located across the Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo, Mildura and Shepparton campuses. The Bendigo facilities are at both the Flora Hill and Clinical Teaching Building sites.
These learning spaces replicate those encountered in real clinical settings, so that we can provide collaborative, experiential approaches to teaching and learning for nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy students.
Simulation is a key educational modality used to deliver subject content, linking theory, practice and critical thinking skills to support students’ transition into the clinical environment.
The clinical learning environments feature:
- Hospital electric beds
- Linen, medication and dressing trolleys
- Piped oxygen and suction system
- Intravenous infusion, syringe drivers, feeding pumps, epidural and patinas controlled analgesia pumps
- Portable and in-situ ventilators
- C-PAP and BiPAP machines
Our simulated birthing suite includes:
- Birthing bed
- CTG machine
We use a wide range of high and medium-technology manikins and simulators including:
- Sim man 3G- High-tech simulator features rise and fall of chest, venous and arterial bleeding, sweating and provides high quality computerised feedback
- Sim man Essentials- High-tech simulator
- SimMOM- Birthing manikin
- Sim Newbie- New born high technology manikin
- Nursing resuscitation manikin for advanced and basic life support
- Nursing Anne
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Dental and Oral Health
Dental Simulation Laboratories
Our purpose-built Dental Simulation Laboratories provide students with a world-class, modern, interactive environment where they can develop both periodontic and restorative dental clinical skills.
Each of the two laboratories has 30 simulated dental manikins, so each student has hands-on access throughout each teaching session.
Feedback and critique of technical performances are key to skill development. The built-in technology in these labs allow students to use a smart phone or tablet to record their performance at any time. They can save it to their online portfolio and review it whenever they like- alone or with peers/staff to see where they can improve.
Prosthodontic and Anatomy Laboratory
This flexible teaching space is used for prosthodontic and anatomy teaching, practical and laboratory exercises.
The space is equipped with multiple LCD overhead display screens and 28 student workstations, each with a laboratory straight handpiece and an individual suction unit.
The plaster room attached to the prosthodontic and anatomy lab includes:
- model trimmers
- plaster hoists
- polishing lathe
- vacuum mixers
Simulated Dental Clinic
Students get a taste for real-world dental and oral health practice in our Simulated Dental Clinic.
This teaching space has 8 fully equipped dental chairs and a clinical grade sterilisation area.
Students get carefully supervised real-world practical experience in this authentic clinic environment. Skills and techniques developed here include infection control procedures, non-invasive dental procedures and other procedures such as x-rays using dental manikins.
Exercise and rehabilitation
Exercise and Conditioning Laboratory
The Exercise and Conditioning Laboratory on the Bendigo campus is used for teaching and research activities conducted by exercise science, exercise physiology and physiotherapy disciplines.
It features a large modern functional exercise space with:
- a floor exercise area
- fixed and free-weights
- lifting platforms and lifting racks/
- Video/audio capture and play-back for technique analyses.
The lab also includes:
- a reception area
- consultation room,
- wet room
Exercise Physiology Laboratory
This fully equipped laboratory is used to provide comprehensive measurements of physiological responses to exercise.
Industry- and research-standard equipment includes:
- a range of exercise ergometers,
- laboratory and field-based expired gas analyses
- point-of-care blood and urine analyses
- non-invasive cardiac and vascular analyses
- anthropometric equipment
- timing gate systems
The Biomechanics Laboratory on the Bendigo campus is used for both teaching and research in exercise science, exercise physiology and physiotherapy.
This laboratory is designed to enable the measurement of body composition, muscle function and human movement.
Specialist equipment includes:
- DXA machine
- bioelectrical impedance analysis
- isokinetic machine
- portable force plate
- instrumented pedals
- Xsens motion analysis.
Paramedicine Practical Laboratory
Our Paramedicine Practical Laboratory is a key teaching space for paramedicine students to establish their clinical skills.
The space is fully equipped with industry-standard medical equipment as used in ambulance services around Australia.
Paramedicine Practical Laboratory has:
- A large area of open space where manikins and part-task trainers can be laid out for scenario and skills education.
- A scenario control room with a computer, audio-visual recording devices, and one way observation glass
- Ceiling mounted cameras and microphones to enable recording of scenarios and skills sessions for debriefing and student feedback.
- Storage areas stocked with paramedicine consumables, manikins, ambulance stretchers and equipment
- A couch, coffee table and two lounge chairs to provide a realistic environment for practice scenarios.
- Computer/projector system
Simulated crash area
This outdoor space allow students to develop and test their paramedic skills in realistic simulated motor vehicle accidents (MVA) and other outdoor incidents.
The space consists of an open concreted area bordered by high concrete walls and two to three non-registered motor vehicles. Real emergency vehicles are also able to access the space via the carpark, to assist in the MVA scenarios.