$6m clinic to boost health studies

PhD student Rebecca Vella, CQUniversity's faculty services manager Graeme Boyle and PhD student Douglas Jackson check over the plans for a new allied health clinic.
PhD student Rebecca Vella, CQUniversity's faculty services manager Graeme Boyle and PhD student Douglas Jackson check over the plans for a new allied health clinic. Contributed

CONSTRUCTION is expected to start in October on a new clinic at CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus as part of a $12m investment in allied health programs for 2012.

University representatives yesterday provided The Bulletin with the plans, fresh this week from the design table, for the allied health clinic, which will enable the university to offer new courses.

The $6m clinic, which will be fitted out with about $3m of additional specialised equipment, is expected to be open by July for the start of the university’s second term.

Up to 160 clients will use the new facility each day as students learn by working alongside qualified health professionals in the areas of oral health, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry and speech pathology.

There will also be opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with areas including nursing and midwifery, exercise and sports science, nutrition, medical imaging, clinical investigation, paramedic science and psychology.

CQUniversity executive dean Professor Graham Pegg said students who studied in the regions were more likely to become a professional resource for the regions.

“We need to educate and retain our talented locals to fill the workforce shortages we face,” he said.

“We’re offering more summer term teaching to expand student options and we’re providing pathways so all our students can aspire to join our flagship programs in sciences, engineering and health disciplines.

“We’ve got a really can-do ambitious attitude. We’re investing money and we’re focusing on the education and training needs of regional Queensland.”

Faculty technical services manager Graeme Boyle said the clinic would feature client-friendly spaces and a well-planned layout to enable multidisciplinary delivery of services.

“As well as consultation and treatment rooms the clinic will include rehabilitation gyms as well as an Activities of Daily Living kitchen and bathroom facilities as part of an integrated approach to treatment of chronic disease,” he said.

Mr Boyle said the university was consulting with professional bodies and specialists.

“A key part of the planning process is to ensure the location and design allow capacity for further growth that we are confident will be required in the near future,” he said.

Open day

Students visiting CQUniversity’s Rockhampton campus open day between 10am and 2pm on Sunday will be able to find out about the expanded suite of allied health programs and other new courses on offer for 2012.

The open day is an ideal opportunity for prospective students and their families to explore the campus and find out more about the options for university study.

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