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Federal Health Minister opens ECU’s Health and Wellness Building

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


Edith Cowan University's (ECU) new Health and Wellness Building has been officially opened by the Honourable Nicola Roxon MP, Federal Minister for Health and Ageing.

Minister Roxon declared that ECU was ahead of the wave in meeting healthcare workforce demand and the health debate in general and congratulated ECU for its innovative approach to preparing highly competent, skilled health professionals.

Following the opening ceremony Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox accompanied Minister Roxon on a tour of the teaching and learning facilities.

The distinctive, state-of-the-art facility houses the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine, ECU's multi-disciplinary health research centre, the Vario Health Institute and health science facilities for Occupational Therapy and Nutrition programs.

The five-storey building incorporates pathology laboratories, demonstration nursing wards, nutrition laboratories, clinical learning areas and a range of lecture theatres, teaching areas, study spaces and offices.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Postgraduate Medicine have developed the award-winning Centre for Excellence in Healthcare Simulation, which prepares our future nurses for the challenging clinical scenarios they may face. The Centre provides a safe authentic environment for students to develop and practise clinical skills, and become competent in a range of different scenarios.

The Vario Health Institute located on level two provides cutting edge research, teaching and community health programs with a focus on illness prevention and disease management through lifestyle change. The Wellness Clinic within the Vario Health Institute also offers exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness and health education, counselling and clinical psychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy services to the public.

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox says that ECU is committed to providing highly skilled health professionals to work in metropolitan, regional and remote hospitals and clinics.

"The teaching facilities within the Health and Wellness Building are world class, giving our students the best opportunity to enter the workforce confident and competent in providing care," he said.

"Strategies and programs developed through health research undertaken at ECU are offered to the public encouraging healthier lifestyles and positive change for those living with chronic disease."

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