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07 Jun 2012

Health Ministers break ground at SAH for new Education Centre

The Education Centre is a collaboration of Commonwealth and NSW State Governments, and private sector higher education and healthcare facilities to respond to national health workforce shortages.
Federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek applauded the work of all institutions involved in the project.
 “Things don’t work, unless we work together,” she said.
Other distinguished guests at the ceremony included; NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, CEO Health Workforce Australia Mark Cormack, Director-General of NSW Ministry of Health Dr Mary Foley, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of Sydney Dr Michael Spence, Local Federal MP Paul Fletcher, President of Avondale College Dr Ray Roennfeldt, Mayor for Ku-ring-gai Jennifer Anderson and Professor John Watson Associate Dean Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School
As many as 150 people gathered for the ceremony to celebrate a project designed to provide the much needed clinical training positions for health care professionals.
NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner said the private sector has been under-utilised for training.
“Clinical placement of health professionals to enable them to acquire the necessary skills to become experienced and qualified practitioners has been limited by capacity issues in the public sector,” she said.
Dr Spence was equally effusive.
 “One of the most exciting things about this project is that it is a partnership project between the private sector and the public sector. We are very proud to be part of it,” he said.
The stage 1 $17 million development is expected to be completed by June2013 and is the first building in a precinct which will link opportunities to work at the hospital, with residential accommodation and the education area.
SAH CEO Dr Leon Clark said “We appreciate the trust that has been placed in us and we will honour it by ensuring the Education Centre helps all its students reach their full potential.”
Students who will be using the facilities of the Education Centre in 2013 spoke at the ceremony. Isabelle Kapterian, medical student from SAH Clinical School said the Education Centre will provide more than theoretical knowledge.
“ It will provide clinical skills and communications skills, which are of equal importance in achieving adequate health care,” she said.
Erin Raethel, nursing student at Avondale College said she thinks the Education site is Holy Ground.
“Great things will happen here, because our leadership believe in the importance of our professions,” Erin said.

Click here to see the offical press release

Click here to see the story published in North Shore Times 15/06/2012 pg 25

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