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New era for medical simulation in Newcastle

06 March 2013

ABC News

While health agreements are not a strongpoint for the state and federal governments, negotiations have proved fruitful for the Hunter with a new medical simulation training facility opening today.

Health professionals and students will have access to advanced medical training at the replica emergency department ward, operating theatre and intensive care unit at Newcastle's John Hunter Hospital.

Member for Charlton Greg Combet says the Federal Government's spent nearly $3 million on the facility.

"I imagine its taken some period of time but there's been cooperation between the state and federal government and Hunter New England health and the skills and simulation centre," he said.

"This is $2.8 million from the federal government into the Hunter region to improve and deliver high quality training for the next generation of doctors and nurses.

"So I'll be at John Hunter Hospital to officially open it and I'll be proud to do so."

He says the facility is the first of its kind in a regional area.

"This is a really important step forward in skills training for health professionals and doctors and nurses," he said.

"And to be able to do it in a simulated environment you can obviously approach it with a little nerves and more confidence and build your skills up until you can go into the emergency department itself and perform the work."

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