A REFURBISHED simulation hospital has been opened today as part of a new State Government $11 million training campus in Joondalup to meet demand for health and social help workers.
Officially opening West Coast Institute’s Health and Wellness Training Campus, Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the facilities would support the delivery of higher level training.
“Demand for services in the areas of health and social assistance will increase as the population ages, with qualifications focusing on enrolled nursing and allied health assistance, for example, a priority for Western Australia,” she said.
“The institute’s new facilities will allow extra training to be delivered, particularly at Certificate IV and diploma levels.
“The existing campus buildings date back 30 years so a lot of work was needed to create a contemporary facility to provide industry relevant training to meet current and future needs.”
Nearly $11 million was spent on the major upgrade and remedial work, enhancing students’ training in nursing, fitness and recreation, sports, beauty therapy and allied health assistance.
“The simulation hospital gives students studying to become enrolled nurses a strong understanding of what it’s like to work in a hospital environment,” she said.
“It is fully functional and has the capabilities to provide real support in case of an emergency.”
Mrs Harvey said West Coast Institute becoming part of North Metropolitan Tafe next week would provide students with access to more diverse and high-quality training programs.