'New chapter in Australian medical education' at Hawkesbury Hospital

04/03/2011

Hawkesbury Clinical School News Story
The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO officially opens the Hawkesbury Clinical School of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine in Windsor.

The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC CVO has officially opened the Hawkesbury Clinical School of The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Medicine in Windsor.

Mrs Bashir welcomed the second cohort of students from the School’s Sydney Campus to the Hawkesbury Clinical School at the 25 February official opening.

“This is a new chapter in Australian medical education. As well as excellent teaching, Notre Dame will give you a learning model of care and compassion that I believe makes the science and technology work better,” Mrs Bashir said.

It will only be a matter of time before we see the excellence of these students and teachers.”

The School is part of an innovative partnership between the University and Hawkesbury District Health Service in Windsor to provide education and training for medical students in a clinical setting.

Twenty-eight Third and Fourth Year students will be completing the clinical stage of the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery. They will spend the next 12 months at Hawkesbury Hospital gaining vital clinical experience.

All Notre Dame medical students spend the final two years of their degree at metropolitan, outer metropolitan and rural clinical sub-schools. As well as Hawkesbury Hospital, sites include Auburn, Werribee, Ballarat, Lithgow, Wagga Wagga and St Vincent’s and Mater Hospitals, Sydney. All students are required to spend a minimum of four weeks at one of the rural sites.

Head of the Hawkesbury Clinical School, Associate Professor Sachint Lal, said part of the School’s mission is to prepare doctors for different areas of health care and provide them with a holistic community experience.

“Our students have completed two pre-clinical years of the graduate course at Notre Dame. They are enthusiastic, keen, committed to learning and being involved with the local community,” Associate Professor Lal said.

Third Year student Gordon Lau is looking forward to his term at Hawkesbury Hospital and gaining further practical experience in dealing with patients.

“This year promises to be a very exciting one. Our clinical placements offer the kind of integrated theory and clinical practice approach that the School has emphasised. It’s so good to be seeing real patients, instead of just  friends pretending to be patients,” Mr Lau said.

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