Monday, 16 April 2012
Health Workforce Australia (HWA) visited ECU recently to see firsthand the University’s state-of-the-art health care facilities as well as the new Mobile Health Service that will service Perth’s northern suburbs.
HWA Chief Executive Officer Mark Cormack and the Executive Director of Clinical Training Reform, Ben Wallace, visited ECU's Joondalup Campus where they viewed the Interprofessional Ambulatory Care (IpAC) Unit, other clinical learning environments and ECU's Health Simulation Centre.
Mr Cormack was invited to cut the ribbon on the new Toyota Coaster bus which was purchased with funding provided by HWA for the Mobile Health Service.
Additional funding provided by HWA will be used to support clinical placements through to December 2013.
The bus is an integral part of the new service that will link a number of community sites from ECU’s Joondalup Campus.
ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement) Professor Cobie Rudd said the Mobile Health Service will work with primary care and not-for-profit organisations to improve access to chronic disease health management in the north metropolitan area.
“Here at ECU we pride ourselves on developing innovative ways to extend and improve training experiences for our students while at the same time improving the health and well being of the community,” Professor Rudd said.
“This bus will allow us to transport students, staff, equipment and patients to deliver our health services and training simulations in the most appropriate settings. It will also allow us to move increased numbers of students to new and further afield clinical placements.”
The Mobile Health Service is an Australian Government initiative. This project was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia.