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New Patricia Peck Education and Research Precinct Open

Date: 12/11/2013

More than 80 people attended the opening and blessing of Cabrini’s Patricia Peck Education and Research Precinct at 154 Wattletree Road, Malvern on 12 November 2013. It was officially opened by Cr Matthew Koce, Mayor of Stonnington, and we received a Blessing from the Reverend Monsignor Anthony Ireland, Episcopal Vicar for Health and Aged Care.

The building is named in honour of Mrs Patricia Peck, major donor and resident of Stonnington. It was a project close to Mrs Peck’s heart: a cancer survivor herself, for many years Mrs Peck and her family have supported the work of the Cabrini Institute.

“Cabrini is a landmark icon in Stonnington and we in the community have watched with pride as Cabrini has grown over the years,” said Cr Koce. “Cabrini has been so successful that it is now one of the largest employers in our city and we value immensely the contribution it makes to the economic prosperity of our community.

“It’s institutions like Cabrini that are so critical in helping attract the best and the brightest to work and live in our community.

“The Cabrini brand is a great brand and our community is fortunate to have convenient access to such excellent healthcare facilities and services.”

The $7.5m four-storey building, which houses a high-tech simulation centre, an e-library and multiple teaching areas to support modern clinical education, was possible due to funding made available by Health Workforce Australia, an Australian Government initiative. It is now home to the Cabrini Institute, which leads Cabrini’s work in education, research and health promotion.

Seventeen years ago, Cabrini developed the idea to foster research and clinical education, which was a first for the private health sector. To support this aim, it established strong links with universities and established five academic chairs to lead teaching and research.

Cabrini now undertakes high quality clinical education and research across the medical nursing and allied health spheres and needed more physical space.

“We are fortunate that Health Workforce Australia helped us develop the precinct and that the City of Stonnington gave its approval,” said Cabrini Chief Executive Dr Michael Walsh. “Their support will enable us to make our own unique contribution to the young, up and coming clinical staff of the future and to the way we provide health services in the community.”

The Patricia Peck Education and Research Precinct is Cabrini’s permanent base for students and clinical researchers. In its first full year, it is anticipated that 500 students will participate in clinical education there and more than 600 clinicians will conduct education, training and research.

“While each year, some 500 undergraduate students from Deakin, Monash and Australian Catholic universities undertake clinical placements at Cabrini, the major benefit will be the growth of Cabrini’s programs in medical, nursing and allied health education and research, as well as the expansion of our community health promotion activities,” said Dr Walsh.

The new Cabrini Education and Research Precinct brings together medical and nursing educators to deliver interdisciplinary education. Also, by locating clinician-researchers together, it will support sharing of ideas.

Cabrini has a reputation as a pioneer in the Australian private healthcare sector due to a strong record of investment in education, research and health promotion.

“Just over seventeen years ago Cabrini launched its education and research arm – the Cabrini Institute – on the very site where the new precinct now stands,” said Dr Walsh.

“Today, with academic links to Melbourne’s major universities, undergraduate and postgraduate education programs and its active research studies, the future looks very bright for tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.”

About Cabrini

Cabrini is a Catholic, private, not-for-profit health service. Founded in 1948, it is owned by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It has 4056 staff, 190 volunteers, 1200 specialist doctors and 832 inpatient beds. Our services span aged care, cancer care, cardiac services, children’s care, emergency care, health promotion, home/community-based care, maternity services, palliative care, rehabilitation, research and education.

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