UTS leads nursing and midwifery education into the future

In summary: 
  • The Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek today opened UTS's $4.8 million clinical laboratory facility - the largest nursing and midwifery education facility in NSW
  • The state-of-the-art labs feature nine simulated clinical settings using the latest simulation technology and will accommodate more than 900 students each year

The largest nursing and midwifery education facility in NSW, at UTS, was formally opened today by Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek.

The state-of-the-art facility, which features nine simulated clinical settings, will accommodate more than 900 students each year and help to ensure capable and work-ready graduates.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne said UTS was leading the sector in nursing and midwifery education and research.

"This $4.8 million clinical laboratory development is considered world class – the result of six years of strategic focus on teaching and learning and simulation in healthcare," Professor Milbourne said.

"Having nine clinical labs allows us to run all nursing and midwifery professional subject classes in realistic simulated health settings. We are only university in NSW with this capability.

Federal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek cuts the ribbon for the new facilityFederal Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek cuts the ribbon for the new facility. Picture by Terry Clinton

"The result is that students feel like a nurse or midwife from moment they start their degree. Because of this, our students have said they are luckiest in country."

The facility is equipped with simulation bays that house new generation computer-controlled simulated patients and a purpose built midwifery/paediatrics laboratory. The latest in AV technology allows for recording and playback of simulation scenarios for debriefing and self assessment.

"The development of this facility was made possible by Federal Government funding, matched by UTS," Professor Milbourne said. "UTS has been delighted to partner with the Government in delivering these vital health services to Australia."

Dean of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Professor John Daly said UTS's curriculum was at the cutting edge of the changing needs of health consumers and the new facility provided realistic and representative learning environments to match.

"Our students apply knowledge as they learn; they develop high level clinical competency more rapidly and report being more capable and confident on external clinical practice placements," Professor Daly said. "This opportunity for constant practice makes our graduates career ready and highly sought after.

"The nursing and midwifery workforce is pivotal to Australia's health care system. Governments are now acknowledging that nurses and midwives constitute the main health care workforce and are beginning to organise the health sector to better utilise the skills and qualifications of these professionals."

This looks to be a wonderful program. I wish we had something like this in Canada. My neice is one of the students there and she says it is a great place to learn. Im sure that here in Canada we could use this kind of program because I think most of our Maternity Nurses deliver our babies even though it says a doctors name on the charts. I know for a fact that my doctor was there only one time in 3 deliveries for the actural birth of my children. Congratulations to my neice who is in your program and to the School itself.

amazing programme

I hope complete master in nursing in this university >>

I believe you need to get at least a B. A. in nurnisg, and some specialized classes, in O.B G.Y.N.E why do that? when you could just as easily be a Physician Assistant and have your own number, and the insurances would have to pay directly and you make more money probably for less schooling than a midwife and open your own clinic with a DR. on call. I am not exactly sure a midwife may need a M.A.

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