Buildcorp has begun construction on a new clinical school in south-western Sydney which will provide advanced training to young medical students and researchers. The four-storey development is being built on the Campbelltown Hospital campus in a joint $21million initiative by the NSW Government and Western Sydney University.
To commence the construction, Health Minister Jillian Skinner was joined by Western Sydney University Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover and Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell on the 11th December to turn a sod of earth for the Western Sydney University Macarthur Clinical School.
The new clinical school will open its doors in early 2017 and will be one of the key training sites for the University’s School of Medicine where hands-on clinical experience will be embedded in the students’ training from their very first year.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover said: “The new Macarthur Clinical School will significantly enhance our students’ education and training. The state-of-the-art facility is where our students will be mentored by senior specialists and other health professionals from the Hospital,” said Professor Glover.
“Ultimately, it is all about encouraging more medical students and young doctors from the area to stay and work locally in Greater Western Sydney, and become the much-needed home-grown doctors who can understand the complex health needs of the region.”
Buildcorp General Manager Brad Bennett said: “Buildcorp has worked closely with Western Sydney University on more than five projects to date, including their award winning School of Medicine (2009) whose students will benefit from the new clinical school. This new facility is an exciting opportunity to expand the Campbelltown Hospital Campus’ master plan and we look forward to working with our project partners to turn their vision into a reality.”
Features of the new clinical school will include:
- 153-seat lecture theatre
- Clinical skills teaching facility
- Simulation laboratory
- Eight clinic/clinical trials rooms
- Hospital library
- Office space for clinical academic teams
- A Centre for Education and Workforce Development teaching and office facility for medical, nursing and allied health professionals and researchers.