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Emerald hospital staff get new training centre

1March 2019

Emerald Hospital’s new Pocket Simulation Training Centre will give Central Highlands clinicians access to the latest clinical training facilities.

CQ Health Chief Executive Steve Williamson officially opened the centre on Friday, 28 February, thanking partners for contributing to the project.

Queensland Ambulance Service has allowed use of its building on the hospital grounds, and James Cook University provided funds to fit out the space. The centre will have access to the latest in simulation models thanks to Queensland Health’s Clinical Skills Development Service.

Mr Williamson said this new centre meant clinical staff would be up to date with the latest training without having to travel away from the Central Highlands.

“It is absolutely essential our clinicians have access to the best possible training to ensure their practise remains current, and this new centre will allow that to happen right here on-site, saving our team members not only the inconvenience of having to go elsewhere for courses, but also the expense.”

Mr Williamson said access to these facilities extended to Queensland Ambulance Service staff and local general practitioners, which would enable better collaboration between local healthcare providers.

“It also means our staff can continue to improve the already first-class care they provide to Central Highlanders through increased training opportunities,” he said.

Training courses at the new centre will include advanced life support and paediatric advanced life support, suturing, venepuncture and cannulation, and imminent birth.

James Cook University’s Professor Tarun Sen Gupta said the new facility is a real positive for Emerald’s health professional workforce.

“It will provide the opportunity for them to use state of the art equipment and work with experienced health professionals to hone their skills.

“JCU has answered the call for a fit for purpose training facility that can be used by the Central Highlands health workforce.

“We are delighted to partner with the Queensland Ambulance Service and the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service on this project,” Professor Sen Gupta said.

Last updated: 25 March 2019

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