Better Education, Better Health Outcomes
Improved education for medical and health students and better access to quality specialist care for people in the west of Sydney, are key benefits to come from the recently completed Nepean Clinical School building.
The new Nepean Clinical School building was officially opened on May 3 by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AV CVO, Governor of New South Wales and Chancellor of The University of Sydney. Also present at the opening were key members of both the Federal and State Governments, including the Federal Minister for Health, the Hon Tanya Plibersek; the Hon David Bradbury, Member for Lindsay; and the Hon Jillian Skinner, NSW Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research.
The new building, a three level facility opposite Nepean Hospital, provides the latest in education facilities for the growing number of medical and health students undertaking training in Nepean Clinical School. Nepean is the base for more than 200 medical students from the University of Sydney each year, as well as rising numbers of students enrolled in nursing and allied health programs. The Clinical School is also used extensively by other health organisations including the NSW Ambulance Service, which trains paramedics in their Extended Paramedic Care Program at Nepean.
“What we have is more than a new building,” said Professor Michael Peek, Associate Dean of Sydney Medical School Nepean. “It is a co-ordinated approach to the delivery of affordable specialist care in a setting that promotes research and education for medical students, specialists in training and other allied health staff. Such training options under the current systems are difficult to deliver.”
The facility incorporates a suite of consulting rooms for Consultants and Senior Hospital Specialists at Nepean Hospital. Medical students will be able to participate in consultations and patients visiting specialists in the consulting rooms will be treated at Medicare rates .These outpatient clinics are being run in collaboration with Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and Nepean Hospital.
“It is an exciting development in medical education,” said Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of Sydney Medical School. “It provides better teaching opportunities for not just medical but all health students, it increases opportunities for patients to access quality specialist care, and also important, provides a boost to the capacity at Nepean to conduct research. It is research which leads to improvements in health care, and having a strong local research base will position the hospital and clinical school well to deliver high quality care and education in future.”
The University of Sydney secured $17.2 million in federal funding for the new Nepean Clinical School from the Federal Government’s Health and Hospital fund in 2009.
“I would like also to thank the local community and research foundations for their overwhelming support,” said Professor Peek.
Contact at the University of Sydney: Verity Leatherdale
Phone: +61 2 9351 4312
Mobile: 0403 067 342
Contact at Nepean Clinical School: Rhonda Willis
Phone: +61 2 4734 3732
Mobile: 0431 174 068