Darling Downs Health ushered in a new era of health education and training with the official opening of the Dr Jeff Prebble Lecture Theatre at Toowoomba Hospital today.
Board Chair Mr Horan AM said it was vital to ensure the service’s medical students, junior doctors, nurses and nursing students, and allied health practitioners and students were given all the help available to maximise their leaning opportunities.
“While the process of developing a new Toowoomba Hospital at the Baillie Henderson site is moving forward, that’s still a number of years away, so until then our students and clinicians need the best possible facilities to in which to learn,” Mr Horan said.
“This lecture theatre is a great example of that, and on behalf of the Board I’d like to thank the Right of Private Practice trust for funding this wonderful addition to the campus, and extend my congratulations to Dr Paul Clayton, Executive Director of Infrastructure, project manager Jamie Ryan, and the infrastructure team for their role in managing the construction and delivery of the project.”
Mr Horan said the lecture theatre was an ideal training facility.
“Toowoomba Hospital has a reputation among interns and junior doctors as a great place to learn and this 92-seat lecture theatre should only help to enhance that reputation,” he said.
“The glass-walled training room replicates a treatment bay with a medical service panel, exam light, clinic basin and a simulated call system, which makes it ideal for training medical and nursing students and staff.
“A particularly impressive feature is the retractable seating which can be modified in just a few moments to cater for smaller groups if needed.
“In many ways Toowoomba is regarded as the epicentre for the training of doctors who will go on to practice in regional and remote communities throughout Queensland and for that reason alone it is very pleasing to see the establishment of a training facility of this calibre.”
Mr Horan said the naming of the purpose-built lecture theatre was a fitting way to honour the service of a universally-respected member of the region’s medical fraternity.
“Dr Jeff Prebble practised as a paediatrician for a total of 43 years, 36 of those here in Toowoomba, where he helped countless numbers of local families and their children,” Mr Horan said.
“Jeff was also one of the inaugural members of our Board, a position he held with distinction for four years, and is a former discipline academic supervisor at the UQ Rural Clinical School, which is located here on the Toowoomba Hospital campus.
“His contribution to both the health and wellbeing of our community, and to the education of our medical workforce cannot be overstated, so it is fitting that this new lecture theatre be named in his honour.”