Medical students to benefit from opening of Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s
Work is continuing to progress at Joan Kirner Women's and Children's, a new addition to the Sunshine Hospital campus which promises to offer more great clinical training opportunities for medical students.
The eight-storey facility will become the new hub of paediatric and maternity services at Western Health's Sunshine site when it opens in May.
Along with state-of-the-art operating theatres and an expanded Special Care Nursery, in a landmark development, it will also contain Victoria's new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) the first to be opened in 25 years.
Staff, who will relocate to the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's, have had a number of opportunities to take a look inside, including during the visit from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to inspect the building alongside the Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos in March, and on a recent theatre training day.
Open Day on 5 May will offer another opportunity to explore the facility shortly before services are moved to the building to become operational.
The facility may not yet be open, but many of Western Health's 2019 class of medical interns have cited it as a driving motivation behind their decision to intern with the health service.
The Joan Kirner Women's and Children's will add to an already vibrant training and research environment at the Sunshine campus, which also hosts the Western Centre for Health Research and Education.
The Western Clinical School celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
Western Health Director of Medical Education Associate Professor Stephen Lew said: "Medical students will benefit hugely from the fantastic new clinical facilities contained within the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's, which will further enhance their training and education at Western Health."