Minister for Health Peter Dutton officially opens UnitingCare Health Clinical School on 16 December 2014
St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital has launched a new Clinical School campus in Spring Hill, Brisbane, to help train new Queensland doctors. Federal Minister for Health and Minister for Sport Peter Dutton officially opened the UnitingCare Health Clinical School on 16 December 2014.
The new St Andrew’s campus, together with The Wesley Hospital and The Sunshine Coast Private Hospital campuses, are part of the UnitingCare Health Clinical School which trains 400 medical students across the state each year. The $1.2million restoration and renovation of an historic house in Leichhardt Street Spring Hill to create the campus was jointly funded by the Federal Government, UnitingCare Health and The University of Queensland.
UnitingCare Health Executive Director Richard Royle thanked St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital’s General Manager Andrew Barron for leading the vision to rebuild the historic site. “For UnitingCare Health, education, training and research are fundamental parts of what we do – and this matches well with our values of working together and leading through learning,” Mr Royle said.
Clinical School Director Associate Professor John Allan said he was delighted with the launch of the new campus. “Medical students have provided exceptional feedback about the quality of training provided by UnitingCare Health and its 350 medical specialists involved in training,” Associate Professor Allan said. “At the UnitingCare Health Clinical School we not only have doctors who teach, we have nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists who teach. It is a team approach.”
Mr Dutton said the collaboration between UnitingCare Health and the three Queensland universities, UQ, Griffith and Bond, which train medical students, was welcomed. “It’s also a great celebration of architecture in our city as well, particularly in Spring Hill, but also in the greater Brisbane area. It does maintain a heritage and I think that’s something that needs to be recognised today as well.”