The Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) is an innovative and sustainable teaching, training and research precinct in Western Melbourne. It comprises a three-way partnership between Western Health, Victoria University (VU) and The University of Melbourne and is located at the Western Health Sunshine campus.
The Centre aims to make a major contribution to the future health of the Victorian community. The work of the precinct will realise significant benefits for the social and economic development of Victoria based on excellence in research, a high-calibre workforce and solid infrastructure support.
WCHRE also incorporates the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). AIMSS is a national reference centre for research into bone, muscle and ageing, with a focus on conditions related to chronic disease and ageing such as osteoporosis, sarcopenia and osteosarcopenia. AIMSS promotes disease prevention and evidence-based interventions, including exercise and nutrition.
Facilities & resources
WCHRE’s state-of-the art teaching and research facilities include an auditorium, lecture theatre, tutorial teaching spaces, learning commons and an atrium for conferences and meetings.
The simulation area comprises operating theatre, intensive care unit and a four-bed ward.
A clinical trials area includes:
- consulting rooms
- gait and balance gym
- falls and fracture clinic
- bone and muscle imaging (DXA and pQCT)
- metabolic testing.
Researchers also have access to a certified Physical Containment Level 2 (PC2) lab for genetic modification work. The PC2 labs allow the safe containment and study of micro-organisms that pose a moderate, but treatable, risk to humans.
Research facilities in the PC2 lab include:
- cell culture
- radiations room
- confocal microscope
- histology and live cell imaging
- flow cytometer and flow sorter
- Seahorse XF24 analyser
- gene and protein analysis
- electrophysiology and organ bath experiments.
176 Furlong Road
St Albans, VIC, 3021