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Expansion starts - $1.8m upgrade of BH University Department

Tuesday, 11th October, 2011

By Erica Visser

Yesterday construction work began on the $1.8 million expansion of the Broken Hill University of Sydney Department of Rural Health (USDRH).

The extension will consist of a two-storey building which will be attached to the existing USDRH facility, at the rear of the Broken Hill Health Service.

Head of the USDRH, David Lyle, said that the expansion will help provide modern teaching resources.

“More and more students are completing clinical placements in Broken Hill,” Professor Lyle said.

“This will bring more opportunities to assist with training and developing skills.”

With the expansion comes new equipment, such as a $100,000 dummy which simulates real patient actions such as vomiting, airway blockage and heart restart.

Two new training rooms will allow students to play back videos of their performance in order to review it and gain feedback from teachers.

When finished, the facility will be available to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Maari Ma Aboriginal Health Corporation and Division of General Practice to help train their health workers.

The project has been underway for 12 months, after the USDRH secured funding from the Department of Health and Ageing under the Rural Education Infrastructure Development Pool.

An Adelaide company, Unique Urban Built Pty Ltd will complete the building, whilst local company KENx Designs will manage the project. It is expected to be finished by the end of April.

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