VU's health and exercise science students are now learning in an exciting new development in Melbourne's west, focusing on training health professionals.
The Western Centre for Health and Research Education (Western CHRE) opened in 2011 in the grounds of the Sunshine Hospital.
Victoria University, Western Health and the University of Melbourne collaborated to establish the Western CHRE, the first purpose-built research and training facility for medicine and the health sciences in Melbourne's west.
"This centre will enable Western Health to use the best technologies, the best teaching spaces, the best approaches," said Western Health Chief Executive Kathryn Cook when the centre opened.
Clinical and non-clinical staff and students studying health sciences will train and be able to research in the new centre.
VU is using the Western CHRE to train students in mental health nursing, information management in nursing, muscle and exercise science and exercise rehabilitation, and the students training and researching there work alongside health professionals.
They are trained in how to react to emergencies, and their experiences working beside health professionals provide them with invaluable skills for their futures as health professionals.