The Governor of NSW opens Notre Dame Medical Clinical School in Hawkesbury

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Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 25-2-2011

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

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

Dr Bashir welcomed the second cohort of students from the School’s Sydney Campus to the Hawkesbury Clinical School.

“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. 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 to provide education and training for medical students in a clinical setting.

28 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. Other 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,” said Associate Professor Lal.

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,” said Mr Lau.

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