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Health professionals and students in rural and remote Western Australia (WA) are set to receive better training opportunities with the opening of a simulation training and education (EdSIM) centre in Geraldton.
The $3.7 million EdSIM centre, which includes $2.5 million in Commonwealth Government funding, consists of two demonstration bays, five consultation rooms, staff offices and student areas, along with integrated audio visual and information technology systems.
Assistant Minister for Health, Senator Fiona Nash, said the facility features the latest technology which allows health students completing placements in regional sites to access support and better training experiences.
'This technology allows students in Geraldton to interact on a face-to-face level with health professionals, universities and supervisors anywhere in the country, providing educational opportunities previously inaccessible in rural WA,' Senator Nash said.
Providing top quality education to undergraduate students in a rural and remote setting is an important step in attracting and keeping more health professionals in rural WA.
The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health (which has recently had a name change from it's former title of Combined Universities Centre for Rural Health) has its main site in Geraldton, with training sites in Mount Magnet, Mullewa and Three Springs.
Source: The Hon Fiona Nash