26 September 2023

Charleville home to healthy training centre

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A training centre aimed at boosting nursing, midwifery and allied health skills in some of the State’s most remote areas has been opened in Charleville.

University of Queensland (UQ) health students are among those who will now be able to gain professional qualifications at the new Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) Clinical Training Facility.

The SQRH results from collaboration between the University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, Darling Downs Health and South West Hospital and Health Service.

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at UQ, Bruce Abernethy said the centre was a significant achievement.

“It will enable us to deliver a high-standard health workforce and provide students with invaluable opportunities to immerse themselves in rural healthcare,” Professor Abernethy said.

“The facility improves healthcare access and is expected to lift the numbers of students who return to practice in rural and regional areas.”

Included in the new building are a clinical simulation lab, telehealth studios, clinical consultation rooms, video-conference training rooms, meeting rooms, offices and an outdoor education area.

Director of the SQRH, Geoff Argus said students would have a range of clinical placement and training opportunities.

“We look forward to continuing our support and training of nursing, midwifery and allied health students in the State’s South-West from our new premises,” Professor Argus said.

“The co-location on Charleville Hospital grounds will further enhance experiences for these students.”

Bidjara Elder, Keelen Mailman welcomed visitors to Country, and Aboriginal dancers staged a smoking ceremony before Federal MP for Maranoa, David Littleproud officially opened the facility.

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