New facilities for University of Sydney health students

6 September 2022

Opened in 2021, the Susan Wakil Health Building is the University of Sydney’s newest state-of-art facility for health education and research. A world-class facility purpose-built to support the future health workforce and meet the health challenges of our time, the facility was made possible by the largest-ever gift to the university of AUD$35 million from the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation.

This building brings many of the university’s health and medical disciplines together on the Camperdown/Darlington Campus under an ambitious plan to bolster interprofessional learning and multidisciplinary research.

Susan Wakil Health Building University of Sydney
University of Sydney Susan Wakil Health Building

Located adjacent to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the university’s Charles Perkins Centre, the building represents a key strategic step in the university’s response to the current challenges and opportunities facing the health sector.

The impressive building is spread over 8 floors and 21,500sqms incorporating the latest design and technology in simulated clinical learning spaces and state-of-the-art research facilities including a purpose-built climate chamber.

But what makes this building really great? Interprofessional learning opportunities! Medicine, nursing, and allied health (physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech pathology) students can study together, so students can learn how each discipline interacts with another in a professional setting.

Executive Dean and Pro Vice-Chancellor Medicine and Health Professor Robyn Ward agrees: “Historically, students have learned within their disciplines but in recent years the University of Sydney has championed interprofessional learning opportunities which allow students to better understand the full range of health professions they will work with during their career.

“Training so many students together in a state-of-the-art environment has the potential to transform the future health care workforce,” she said.

Cutting-edge Multidisciplinary Facilities

In addition to the modern and spacious multi-purpose general teaching, learning, and library areas, some of the state-of-the-art facilities in the new Susan Wakil Health Building include

  • a range of teaching simulation spaces including 6 hospital wards housing 50 hospital beds with computerized mannequins able to simulate medical events such as a seizure or heart attack; a simulated rehabilitation centre and hospital ward where students engage with actors in simulated case studies; and two apartments simulating a typical home versus a best practice fully accessible environment.
  • a biomechanics lab integrating force plates and the latest motion capture camera technology for research-led teaching in exercise and sport science and human movement.
  • the Thermal Ergonomics Lab featuring a purpose-built climate chamber that allows environmental parameters to be precisely controlled for research and teaching related to heat and health.
  • medical imaging suites incorporating 5 X-ray machines, a CT scanner and an ultrasound machine used for specialized teaching.
  • sophisticated audio-visual facilities throughout teaching spaces allowing for remote recording, viewing and evaluation of clinical practice to support learning.
  • clinic facilities including a speech clinic and a voice research laboratory and clinic with student-led clinic services available to the public, as well as on-site clinical placements.

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