Building a healthier community: Coffs Harbour

The $12 million Health Sciences Building is a dynamic gateway health precinct to Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour. Boasting a stunning passive solar building design and inspired by the biomechanics of movement, it incorporates an integrated running track that passes externally and internally, allowing for the capture of synchronised movement data.

The building contains:

  • Seven laboratories
  • Innovative teaching spaces
  • An external yarning circle learning space which features local Indigenous medicinal plants
  • Multi-purpose learning and research spaces
  • Cutting edge occupational therapy labs fitted with specialised adaptive and accessible kitchen, laundry and bathroom teaching spaces.

 

New Health Sciences Building at Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour campus

Open area with indigenous artwork on structure

The yarning and healing circle has been modelled and named after Aunty Bea Ballangarry

Discover the newest Health Sciences Building in Australia

Interested in a career in health? Students studying in 2020 will have the opportunity to learn in this new facility.

Facilities include hands-on technology that literally changes the shape of a work-space to support clients of all abilities, exercise science labs that measure the tiniest movements in a runner's stride, and simulation mannequins with lifelike symptoms to create clinical learning scenarios. 

 Book in for a tour of our state-of-the-art laboratories to explore your study options for 2020. 

 

Hogbin Drive
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450

 

Woman running as her movement is tracked

Running track laboratory

A running track flows through the building to teach mechanics for movement, applied biomechanics, motor control, motor learning and more. The lab provides for biomechanical analysis of movement with an infrared motion-capture system and synchronised force plate.

Man studies exercise output of woman in background

Study of human body systems

Teaching spaces have been customised for the study and analysis of human body systems including circulatory, respiratory, metabolic systems at rest and during exercise. Equipment includes ergometers (bikes/treadmills), metabolic cart, and lifting platform.

Man in  wheelchair in specially fitted kitchen to meet his mobility needs

Occupational therapy spaces

Cutting edge occupational therapy spaces feature specialised adaptive kitchen cabinets and benches, tables, and a mix of manual and electric bathroom fittings. Students will experience two different types of ceiling hoists.

Hallway with glass side rail

Teaching laboratory

A smaller teaching laboratory is connected via a wooden footbridge to the external learning space. The personal skills lab is suitable for small group learning in mental health, exercise psychology and Indigenous health.

Two people in white coats at a hospital bed

Hospital ward simulation

Replicating a four-bed hospital ward, the clinical skills lab offers nursing, midwifery and occupational therapy students the opportunity to learn a wide range of clinical skills, including patient handling, wound care, and patient assessments.

Student practices on mannequin in hospital bed

Simulation mannequin laboratory

Specialised high-fidelity mannequins in the simulation laboratory can be programmed by staff to simulate nursing and midwifery scenarios. Teaching and technical staff can watch and assess the students from the control room via room cameras and one-way glass.

Woman in white coat walks past hospital bed

Clinical sciences laboratory

A large clinical sciences laboratory features twin screens with the ability to use a central room camera to share learning across the whole class. For example, the camera may be zoomed into a hand splinting demonstration for occupational therapy students learning to make hand splints.

Signage and indigenous artwork on building

Healing and Yarning Circle

The Yarning and Healing Circle is a flexible learning and meeting place where students and teachers can hold external sessions. It is also a place where people in the community can gather and sit down together for a shared purpose.