Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon. Fiona Nash, joined the State Minister for Regional Development, the Hon. Terry Redman, to officially open our new health education and training centre in Geraldton on Tuesday 8 April 2014.
The EdSIM Centre adds to the existing services provided by the Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (formerly CUCRH) and further supports the upskilling of the local health workforce and undergraduate students completing their placements in the Midwest and surrounding remote communities.
The opening event was well attended with over 60 people celebrating the official opening and taking part in tours of the EdSIM Centre to view demonstrations and simulated scenarios involving WACRH staff and students.
WACRH Director Winthrop Professor Dr Sandra Thompson said the Centre seamlessly combines acute clinical training and inter-professional education involving a variety of Allied Health, nursing and medical disciplines.
"We work with students and professionals specialising in speech pathology, social work, physiotherapy, nursing and occupational therapy to name a few. It is crucial for them to develop and understand the importance of an effective model for teamwork and a holistic approach to patient-care - The EdSIM Centre provides a rich learning environment and advanced equipment that enables this to happen."
Dr Thompson added that CUCRH's name change was also officially announced during the opening. "We are now called Western Australian Centre for Rural Health - WACRH. We feel that it better reflects our strategic direction and the increased growth in services we provide to our rural communities."
Veronique Thomas-Smith (Western Australian Centre for Rural Health) (+61 8) 9956 0225