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Landmark training facility at new Tweed Valley Hospital brings opportunities for students, researchers

Aerial view of a large hospital complex


Lee Adendorff
22 May 2024

The Northern NSW Academic Health Alliance, of which Southern Cross University is a founding member, unveiled a state-of-the-art training hub at the new $723-million Tweed Valley Hospital.

Students are set to benefit from the custom-built learning environment, with the first Southern Cross students beginning placements at the new hospital on 3 June.

The training hub also facilitates integrated research and collaborative projects between the Alliance’s four education institutions: Southern Cross University, Griffith University, Bond University and TAFE NSW.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Education Impact) at Southern Cross University Mr Ben Roche said that the Alliance was perfectly placed to undertake research of local and national significance.

“Being regionally located is a distinct advantage as we have direct access to our communities and what they need. We’re excited by the possibilities,” Mr Roche said.

“Together, we can unite all of our resources and provide a much richer opportunity for our students who will get to learn in a world-class facility paving the way for the next generation of the workforce,” said Professor Analise O’Donovan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health at Griffith University.

Bond University’s Executive Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, Professor Nick Zwar said the advantages of being located in a new hospital were clear.

“Students will be undertaking placements with expert clinicians, working in a modern facility equipped with the latest medical technology. They’ll have access to the absolute best training experiences,” Professor Zwar said.

Minister for Skills, TAFE, and Tertiary Education Steve Whan said TAFE NSW will bring its expertise in co-designing and co-delivering flexible education programs that integrate research-led learning with advanced technical and industry-based skills.

“This collaboration between education providers means the local community will benefit from a pipeline of skilled healthcare workers and increased capacity to provide quality, patient-centred care,” Mr Whan said.

The Tweed Valley Hospital opened to patients on 14 May 2024. NSW Premier, Chris Minns formally opened the new hospital campus on 22 May 2024.

Classroom with desks and chairs

Corridor of a modern building

Aerial view of modern building

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Sharlene King, Media Office at Southern Cross University +61 429 661 349 or [email protected]