Networking @ the School of Rural Health

Chris Sheppard, Joe Canalese and Kim O

Chris Sheppard, Community Advisory Board, School of Rural Health, Honorary Associate Professor Joe Canalese, and Accountant, Kim O'Conner School of Rural Health Finance Department

Over twenty key local business representatives gathered at the School of Rural Health last night to celebrate a decade of education in regional New South Wales, and to get a glimpse of what the future holds for the school.

Associate Dean, Associate Professor Tony Brown was joined by students, lecturers and staff in showcasing the school.

“It was great to open the doors of the school to members of the Dubbo community who are unlikely to visit the premises, and to show them just what goes on behind the scenes.”

“If you are not directly involved in health, allied health or know someone who attends the school, it may prove difficult to understand the breadth of operations and what we have achieved in the last decade, he said.

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Attendees were treated to a resuscitation demonstration using the high-tech mannequin, in the School’s Skills Laboratory, and an overview of the complex, including student accommodation.

From very humble beginnings, the School of Rural Health commenced operations in temporary buildings, with rudimentary equipment and a small group of staff and students.

Today the School has campuses in both Dubbo and Orange, more than 100 associated lecturers and tutors, the latest in technology, excellent accommodation for students and links with health professionals and organisations across the region. Well over 500 students have attended the school for part of their clinical training in the country.

Earlier in the year, the School held several key functions to honour its 10 year milestone. These included the official launching of Audley Administration Building, Orange NSW by the Vice Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, and a formal dinner held at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo and several students’ and alumni events to boot.

"The school is an integral part of the communities of Orange and Dubbo and it is important for the people of these communities not only to be aware of what happens in our campuses but also to support us as we grow", added Dr Brown.