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Media Release

The Hon Tony Abbott MHR Minister for Health and Ageing

7 July 2004 ABB101/04

World class skills centre for Sydney

Health professionals across a range of medical specialties will have the opportunity to train in one of the most sophisticated skill centres in the world, the Minister for Health, Tony Abbott, announced today.

The Australian Government is providing $4 million towards the construction of the building to house this new, world-class skills and education centre, due to open in late 2006.

The Eastern Collaborative Health Training and Education Centre is to be located within the grounds of the University of Sydney, Camperdown, and will be built by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

The new education centre will meet current and future challenges in health delivery and training resulting from continued advances in medical technology.

“Difficult and complex procedures can be assessed in a simulated environment. The centre will ensure increased safety for patients by allowing surgeons and other health professionals to practice new procedures and techniques,” Mr Abbott said.

The skills centre will help improve service quality within the hospital and health system generally.

Funding for the Eastern Collaborative Health Education and Training Centre will also be provided by the NSW Government, the University of Sydney and health industry sponsors.

Media contact: Kate Jordan, 0417 425 227