Moran Health Care Group and the University of Canberra came together to construct a residential aged care facility in the university’s Bruce campus which is suitable for the elderly and will be a favourable environment for learning for students. Bringing a range of healthcare providers encourages learning and teaching and is a great place for research.
The facility, with a bed capacity of 150, will be operational from 2018. Owned by the Moran Health Care Group it will include secure dementia care, palliative care and respite.
The University’s plan is to have a health precinct that consists of the aged care facility, the soon-to-be University of Canberra Public Hospital and the already operational Health Hub, which already has the GP Super Clinic, Health Club, student clinic, medical imaging service and pharmacy.
Diane Gibson, the dean of the faculty of health, stated that the partnership with the healthcare providers inspires alliance of research and teaching. The facility for the aged is also an ideal environment for learning. The Dean feels that it is a perfect blend since the faculty of health teaches nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, nutrition, dietetics, nutrition and counselling. These courses go will with caring for the aged.
Moreover, the collaboration goes a long way since there is a huge number of aged individuals who suffer from age-related ailments. The students will benefit greatly in learning to care for the aged even if they choose to work with different patients after university. The pharmacy students will especially get to understand the intricacies relating to administering medication to patients with prolonged illnesses; which is an experience of its kind.
Professor Gibson also stated that the health district will also benefit students from other courses such as marketing, management and communications. She also feels that students will provide the added advantage of spending more time with the patients since they normally have more free time at their disposal.
Furthermore, the health institution will help promote directed attention as students work with the professional members of staff, as they are an asset to the aged care centre and hospital. On the other hand, she expects students to take advantage of the paid employment opportunities which will be readily available.
The employment of students can take the form of Cert III or even Cert IV aged caregivers which they can engage in over the weekend. Similarly, the employment will interlock appropriately with the study programme of the students, making it even more convenient for them to work in a field that they are studying.
Not to leave out the research institute, the university’s Health Research Institute will profit greatly. Professor Gibson specified that they were ardent on the research which is likely to focus on areas such as aged care services, ageing and other sections around this. The research will further aim to promote quality of life and self-reliance.
In addition, the facility will make it easy for members of staff at the university to remain up-to-date and get more education. Still, the UC Moran Health Cluster will provide radio-logical oncology, private hospital, pathology services, laboratory facilities, and diagnostic and imaging services, which will complement other offerings in the health district.