Notre Dame’s Hawkesbury Clinical School nears completion

Artist’s impression of the new Hawkesbury Clinical School due to be completed
in time for the 2016 academic year.

10 September 2015

The new Hawkesbury Clinical School is on track to open for the beginning of the 2016 academic year with a celebratory bricklaying ceremony on Friday 18 September to mark the occasion.

The School, part of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine and School of Nursing, will provide multidisciplinary training facilities, residential accommodation for both nursing and medical students on short term clinical placements, as well as teaching facilities and offices for staff and students.

The School has been operating since January 2010 within the Hawkesbury District Health Service building. Its new home is being built on a greenfield site adjacent to its current location in Windsor, NSW.

Notre Dame’s Dean of Medicine, Professor Christine Bennett, said the School was part of an innovative partnership between the University and Hawkesbury District Health Service, providing education and training for medical students in a clinical setting.

“Students at the School have plenty of opportunities to participate in patient care as part of a clinical team under supervision from the consultants,” Professor Bennett said.

“It is gratifying to see graduates of the School who are placed at Hawkesbury return as qualified doctors and become actively involved with student teaching.”

All Notre Dame medical students spend the final two years of their degree at metropolitan, outer metropolitan and rural clinical sub-schools. Other sites include Auburn, Werribee, Ballarat, Lithgow, Wagga Wagga and St Vincent’s and Mater Hospitals, Sydney.

Notre Dame’s Dean of Nursing, Associate Professor Tracey Moroney said it was an exciting opportunity for collaboration between the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. “When nursing and medical students learn together they develop a greater appreciation of their roles and this ultimately contributes to improved health outcomes for patients,” Associate Professor Moroney said.

Head of the Hawkesbury Clinical School, Associate Professor Sachint Lal, said students at Hawkesbury received a great clinical teaching experience under the supervision of caring and competent clinicians. “The Hawkesbury Clinical School aims to train its students not to just pass their examinations but graduate as good humane doctors,” Associate Professor Lal said.

The new clinical school building will comprise a lecture theatre, tutorial rooms, academic and staff offices, simulation facilities, student study room/library, and 12 student accommodation rooms with ensuite facilities, student living and dining facilities and an undercover balcony.

The School will be Wi-Fi enabled and have video conference facilities installed as part of the construction which will enable access to lectures and meeting held on the Darlinghurst Campus and at other clinical school campuses.

The Hawkesbury Multidisciplinary Clinical School project has been funded by the Commonwealth Government through a Health Workforce Australia capital grant (now through the Commonwealth Department of Health) and supplementary funding and land lease from the NSW Government.

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