Health facilities at the Gold Coast Campus

A nursing student in a health lab at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus

Health facilities at the Gold Coast Campus

Modern, safe, and specialised state-of-the-art teaching and learning environments are a highlight of the laboratories and specialist facilities at the Gold Coast Campus, as well as the spectacular views of the coastline or Gold Coast hinterland.

SCU Health Clinic

This purpose-built health and teaching facility provides real-life patient consultations in a range of allied health modalities including Osteopathy, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Podiatry, Pedorthics and Speech Pathology. For these student-led clinics – conducted in a safe and supervised environment – you will engage in clinical activities like assessment and diagnosis, treatment planning and intervention, and evaluation of patients’ needs.

Student smiling

Anatomy and Physiology Lab

This lab is for students studying Nursing, Midwifery, Exercise Science, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pedorthics, Speech Pathology and Biomedical Science. It has a range of scientific and diagnostic equipment and interactive software to provide students with hands-on learning experience in preparation for entry into Nursing, Allied Health and Science professions. Equipment includes life-sized anatomical models, microscopes, histological slides and psychological testing equipment.

Two nursing students and model

Nursing Labs

The Nursing labs are fitted with state-of-the-art hospital and electronic teaching equipment to create simulated clinical ward environments. Part-task trainers and mannequins allow students to practise their skills, as well as involve themselves in scenario-based learning and patient care. The hi-fidelity sim lab is equipped with a programmable interactive model called SIM-man which simulates real-life conditions and patients.

student working in lab

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Lab

This lab provides Occupational Therapy students with practical facilities to develop their clinical skills. The lab is fitted with a range of adaptive equipment including wheelchairs, electrical beds and hoist systems, including accessible shower, bath and kitchen facilities with an adjustable bench and wash basin. 
Students can apply therapeutic techniques in this model environment for simulating home, community, and hospital-based rehabilitation for clients of all ages and abilities.

man in wheelchair

Speech Language Lab

Designed for Speech Pathology studies, this facility is sound treated to enable high quality sound transmission and phonetic transcription of speech sounds. It includes computers with state-of-the-art software for students to analyse speech and voice. Video capabilities provide additional learning opportunities. Students can observe qualified clinical speech pathologists in educator roles, or other students and themselves working with clients with a range of communication disorders.

young boy with headphones on

Pedorthics/Podiatry Manufacturing Lab

In this lab students work with materials to design and manufacture orthotics and customised corrective footwear in this modern, state-of-the-art, purpose-built 240m2 facility. It contains machinery for grinding and polishing, ovens and vacuum presses for moulding orthotics, and sewing machines. 

There is a separate plaster room and gluing area, and the extensive dust extraction system ensures clean air is continually available to the laboratory working environment.

Male student using pedorthics machine at the Gold Coast campus

Movement Lab

This lab contains a range of Sport and Exercise Science, Podiatry, Pedorthics, Biomechanics and gait analysis equipment for students to gain hands-on practical experience analysing human movement and physiology. Equipment includes an in-floor force plate, medical-grade treadmill, cycle ergometers, portable pressure mapping systems, motion capture and analysis system, expired gas analysis system, EMG, ECG spirometry and other human measurement equipment.

two students with human skeleton

Midwifery Birth Suite

The Midwifery birth suite is designed to simulate childbirth environments, from natural childbirth to high dependency births, using the latest technology. Midwifery students use highly specialised equipment and practise on anatomical/simulation models, including a hi-fidelity interactive mannequin called SIM-Mum. Students also access a purpose-built neonatal care environment.

female student with baby model

Manual Therapies Labs

The manual therapies labs are designed for Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pedorthics and Sport and Exercise Science students to analyse, assess and develop functional goals and a range of intervention approaches in order to address sensory motor, biomechanical and physiological challenges to human function.

two student doing research

Chemistry Lab

The chemistry lab is for students studying Osteopathy, Sport and Exercise and Biomedical Science. This lab is equipped with chemistry preparation equipment and analytical instrumentation for chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and food science studies.

Three students in Chemistry lab undertaking experiments

Personal Skills Lab

This lab is used by Occupational Therapy students and includes equipment used for play-based assessment and intervention.

Two students with a child

Contact the Faculty of Health

Executive Assistant to the Executive Dean

Donna Simon
T: +61 7 5589 3224
E: ExecDeanHealth@scu.edu.au

Associate Dean Research

Professor Marianne Wallis AM
M: +61 427 633 708
E: marianne.wallis@scu.edu.au

Associate Dean Education

Professor Fiona Naumann
T: +61 7 5589 3470
E: fiona.naumann@scu.edu.au


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