A new $17 million education centre at Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAH) will be officially opened on Friday, 1 November.
The centre is home to the SAH Clinical School of the University of Sydney, and the Avondale College of Higher Education’s Faculty of Nursing and Health.
After the ground-breaking ceremony in June 2012, the centre’s completion marks the end of Stage 1 of what is expected to be a $181 million redevelopment at SAH, which will eventually include a purpose-built integrated cancer centre, a maternity and women’s health unit, and an additional 12 operating theatres and 200 patient beds.
The centre provides access to state-of-the-art purpose-designed technology, furniture and spaces to maximise collaborative and effective learning.
The centre includes the Charles Warman Auditoria and Foyer, Beverley Ellen Peters Clinical Skills laboratories, problem-based learning rooms, simulation centre, a library, and staff and student areas.
By 2016 it is expected that up to 40 doctors per year and over 120 nurses per year will be training in the new facility. With limited public sector placements for students, the centre will provide increased clinical training day opportunities.
By 2016 with greater capacity and student enrolment, it will be providing 21 420 medical student training days, 11 028 nursing student training days, and 2760 allied health professionals training days.
The redevelopment project is a joint venture project between the federal and New South Wales governments, University of Sydney and the Avondale College of Higher Education.