State-of-the-art centre now open for business

AFTER five years of planning and significant fundraising, the $18 million state-of-the-art Tamworth Education Centre (TEC) is now operational.

Home to the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, the centre provides clinical training for allied health, nursing and medical students and comprises accommodation for 57 students, lecture theatres and study areas as well as simulation laboratories.

Yesterday the TEC hosted about 76 academics, professional staff and medical students from Armidale, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Taree during the first of a two-day curriculum retreat to develop a new syllabus for the medical course.

Professor of medical education and rural health Nicky Hudson described the large facility, located on Johnston St, as “fantastic” and a “big improvement” on their former premises.

The education centre, which was funded by the federal Department of Health and Health Workforce Australia, will complement the university’s Department of Rural Health on the grounds of Tamworth hospital.

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