Building a healthier community: Coffs Harbour
The 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, the $12 million facility 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.
The facility accommodates teaching in:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Pathology
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Exercise Science and Psychological Science
The yarning and healing circle has been modelled and named after Aunty Bea Ballangarry
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.