Victorian Health Minister David Davis officially opened Rochester and Elmore District Health Service’s education hub on Wednesday.ELAINE COONEY December 26, 2012 4:34am
REDHS staff member Casey Williamson speaks with Member for Rodney Paul Weller and Victorian Health Minister David Davis about working in the new hub.
Victorian Health Minister David Davis officially opened Rochester and Elmore District Health Service’s education hub on Wednesday.
The project involved refurbishing the Rochester Medical Practice into a learning and training space.
Minister Davis said it was not just the students who would benefit from the world-class technology and professional teaching staff at the hub.
‘‘The community benefits economically, socially as well as broadening the pool of medical professionals who may want to set up roots in Rochester and district,’’ he said.
REDHS chief executive Matt Sharp said key features of the education hub included a dedicated computer lab for students to complete assignments and research, a clinical skills lab for students and staff to develop skills such as resuscitation, dressings, inserting intravenous lines, as well as simulation training.
The hub was primarily established for students to learn new skills and aims to increase nursing students placement numbers, he said.
Mr Sharp said placement days for nursing students had risen at the organisation from 399 in 2011 to 603 in 2012, representing a 51 per cent increase.
In 2013, REDHS was planning for 730 nursing student placement days, a further increase of 21 per cent.
‘‘This important upgrade in infrastructure and equipment will assist us to strengthen and improve the placement experience offered to students,’’ he said.
REDHS board chair Keith Oberin said the hub would strengthen and improve the placement experience offered to students and provide the hospital with a competitive edge.
‘‘Evidence shows that by providing a positive learning environment and experience for rural placements, students are more likely to return to work at REDHS or another rural health service when they graduate,’’ he said.
‘‘Not only will this positive learning environment assist in improving the retention rates for existing staff, but it also aids in the recruitment of new staff.’’
The education hub is the result of a $46,650 project which received $26,150 funding from the Elmore/Lockington and Rochester Community bank, $15,550 from Health Workforce Australia and $4950 from REDHS.
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