18 July 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast will celebrate the opening of two new health clinics on campus tomorrow (Friday 19 July).
The clinics, which will boost midwifery and occupational therapy services across the region, have been established by USC with funding from Health Workforce Australia (HWA), as an Australian Government initiative.
The Collaborative Midwifery Clinic is being run in conjunction with Queensland Health and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service (SCHHS), while USC’s Occupational Therapy, Child and Youth Clinic has partnered with four local schools.
HWA will be represented by Mr Keith Crammond Team Leader for Clinical Training Reform who will officially open the clinics, with representatives of USC, Queensland Health and SCHHS attending.
USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill said the University was grateful for the $171,000 it received from HWA to refurbish a large area of its Health and Sport Centre to house the new clinics.
HWA is providing funds nationally to ensure that there are sufficient training places to meet Australia’s future health workforce needs and allow students to fulfil the full clinical requirements of their training.
USC’s Head of School of Health and Sport Science Professor John Lowe said students would be able to undertake clinical practicums on campus in this refurbished area, which also hosts the USC Weight Management Clinic and Queensland Health’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic.
“This means students can learn in a real-life environment, working side by side with clinical experts from health industries as well as USC academics,” he said.
Professor Lowe said USC would continue to work with HWA in supporting and developing quality clinical training opportunities for the future health professional workforce.
— Terry Walsh