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New Nursing, Aged Care and Disability Facilities for CIT Bruce

Published: 22 Jul 2016

CIT nursing, aged care and disability students will find themselves in brand new state-of-the-art facilities when they return to study from semester break next week.

CIT nursing, aged care and disability studies join the existing health and community courses at the CIT Bruce campus, creating a consolidated health care and community services training hub.

Bespoke facilities have been installed at CIT Bruce, including a large acute care (hospital ward) environment for nursing and two enabling environments fitted with mobility aids and technologies for aged care and disability courses, to support student learning.

CIT Chief Executive Officer Leanne Cover says this concentrated health training presence will promote the best student outcomes.

"The consolidated presence of health, fitness and sports programs at CIT Bruce will complement the broader health and wellbeing precinct, which incorporates the University of Canberra, the AIS and Calvary Hospital, facilitating stronger learning outcomes for students and ensuring sustainable pathways into industry and the university sector," Ms Cover said.

"Collaboration with industry stakeholders and access to the best facilities helps produce students who are forward-thinking and innovative. It prepares them to be leaders in the workforce of the future.

"These facilities have been designed specifically to replicate the real work environment to enrich and enhance the students' learning," Ms Cover said.

The new hospital environment has three spacious and fully equipped multi-bed wards that look out over the bushland, and includes increased access to technology.

The aged care enabling environment is a new addition to the training equipment for aged care and disability students at CIT. This has been built into the existing Sustainable House at CIT Bruce to reflect a fully equipped home complete with a purpose-built vehicle in the garage.

"We were very fortunate to have the existing house at CIT Bruce. With the upgrades to transform the environment for aged care and disability training, we are able to offer our students completely new on-campus facilities, which is just fantastic," said CIT's Head of Department for Human Services, Lily Muthurajah.

The new facilities have been installed and are fully equipped ready to welcome students next week.

"I am extremely pleased with the results of this refurbishment at CIT Bruce, and I am really looking forward to students returning from semester break next week to see the new facilities that will complement their training and prepare them well for their work in the industry," Ms Muthurajah said.

These upgrades have been made possible with a $1.8 million funding boost from the ACT Budget 2015-16.

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