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Media Release


19 August 2004

Teaching a doctor the best bedside manner and a nurse how to soothe a grumpy patient is all part of the education process being researched at Monash University in Clayton.

Australian Government Science Minister Peter McGauran today officially opened the new Medical and Health Education Centre at Monash University saying the Centre builds on the university’s reputation for world class health education.

“Part of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, the Centre will conduct research into how best to educate doctors, nurses and allied health professionals,” Minister McGauran said.

“The Centre will research the best methods of hospital based training, e-learning, mentoring of students, training doctors for regional healthcare

and the progress of international students studying at Monash.

“The centre consists of e-learning rooms with wireless technology including seminar, tutorial and clinical skills training rooms and simulated general practice surgeries to allow training, assessment and practice observation for medical students to take place through video links and one-way glass.

“First year medical students will now learn the practicalities of working in medicine including scrubbing for theatre, taking blood pressure and conducting medical consultations.

“Monash is one of the biggest providers of health-care education in Australia. This Centre makes sure that the high quality education being delivered continues into the future,” Minister McGauran said.

Further information: Jodie Naismith (Minister McGauran’s office) 03 9639 3199 or 0419 622 915