Kids Navigate Neuroscience is back in 2016 and is bigger and better than ever!

This event is supported by National Science Week and was ranked in the top 5 events nationwide by RiAus in 2015. Kids Navigate Neuroscience sees children come to the University to learn about Neuroscience through participation in a series of Neuroscience-themed exhibits. The event has grown from year to year and in 2016 we are expecting to attract 500 primary school aged children (and their parents) and we need your help to make the day a great success!

Please see attached flyer for more information. If you would like to volunteer, please email the event organisers, René Turner ( or Lyndsey Collins-Praino (

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The Adelaide Health Simulation and Skills Centre, located on Level 2 of the new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building, will be the most high-tech healthcare teaching facility in Australasia. The innovative, state-of-the-art learning environment has been developed to address the current and future inter-professional learning needs of our Medicine, Nursing, Psychology and Bachelor of Health Sciences programs.

Designed to mirror the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, the suite includes specifically designed clinical training facilities, advanced simulation capabilities and the latest in technological digital learning platforms, which will greatly enrich our programs.

Contemporary and versatile in design, the facility is comprised of 24 specialist high-fidelity spaces. It includes four critical care operation theatres, eight acute care ward suites, four virtual home environments and sixteen multi-purpose spaces which can be adapted to enable various simulated learning scenarios and discussions.

The virtual hospital layout will provide the perfect environment for students to develop clinical and interpersonal skills, as well as the confidence and competence to work effectively in the clinical area. Dr Simon Patten, Director of Simulation at the University of Adelaide, states that ‘this contextualised learning will enable the students to understand the patient journey and how every action can affect the patient’s outcomes’. This will allow students to develop strong team-working skills and the formation of valuable networks and inter-professional relationships. This approach is keenly supported by the World Health Organisation as a key technique to improve patient safety and outcomes.

Equipped with a variety of advanced simulation manikins and a fully integrated audio-visual system, the Simulation Suites offer the capacity for all levels of realism in simulation education and training providing the ability to replicate all aspects of the real world. ‘These technologies will be used to enhance simulations and automate objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE’s) by seamlessly combining high quality video capture, simulator data, debriefing, assessment, and robust reporting’, according to Dr Patten. This will dramatically improve the student experience

Through the implementation of new technologies, including Google Glass and Oculus Rift, a new world of learning and teaching possibilities will open up. The simulation centre will demonstrate real world clinical situations which require rapid thinking and thorough analysis for management of critical skills, and advanced training of our future health professionals.

Cutting edge design and state-of-the-art technology gives us the opportunity to deliver an innovative and effective leaning experience. Inter-professional learning will ensure that we continue to produce graduates of the highest quality who are able to provide excellent clinical care across the ever changing health landscape.

The Adelaide Health Simulation and Skills Centre will be open for teaching in Semester 1, 2017.


An artists impression of the Simulation Suite

An artist’s impression of the Simulation Suite


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Public Health will be moving to the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building (AHMS) in 2017 along with the Adelaide Medical and Nursing Schools and the Adelaide Dental Hospital. After careful consideration of the right fit for the extra floor of the building, and as part of the Health Sciences Infrastructure Strategy Stage 2 project, Public Health stood out as an ideal addition to the new building. This relocation will be for the period until the proposed Women’s and Children’s Hospital move to the SA Health and Biomedical Sciences Precinct (currently proposed for 2023-5), at which time the staff groups in the building and location of Faculty teaching and research teams will be reviewed to ensure best fit with the Precinct and ongoing co-location requirements.

This is an exciting development for the School, the AHMS project and the Faculty, as we work to prepare the building for our move in Semester 1, 2017. For more information, visit the AHMS website.

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The annual Business/Higher Education Round Table (B/HERT) Awards showcase the benefits of collaboration and improve links between industry and universities.  Each year the winners are announced at a gala dinner where outstanding collaborative projects are celebrated by business, industry and tertiary educators. Project winners are listed on the B/HERT website along with pictures of the […]

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Australia are offering the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary, postgraduate research for a PhD degree at Australia’s top life sciences laboratories in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra. Successful applicants will receive generous scholarships and travel grants. This is a great opportunity for prospective PhD students, who can be enrolled through the University […]

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Prominent dentist and graduate of the University of Adelaide, Dr Joseph (“Joe”) Verco has made a major gift of $250,000 to the University’s new Health and Medical Sciences building. Dr Verco, pictured with his wife Ms MaryLou Bishop has had a long association with dental education and research throughout his career and he will have […]

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The construction of the Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building (AHMS) is on schedule and construction is now at a stage where it is possible to take regular groups of people on a tour of the site. Tours will be run from 3:30-4:30pm each weekday throughout the month of May and each tour will be […]

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Construction of the Adelaide Health and Medical School building is steadily progressing and is almost at its highest point! View the live webcam to watch the construction unfold.

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The Menzies Foundation is looking for outstanding researchers with potential to be the next generation of leaders in Allied Health. The tax-free scholarship is offered over one or two years at $40,000 per year with a total value of up to $80,000.  It is open to outstanding Allied Health researchers studying at an Australian university […]

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Northern Communities Health Foundation (NCHF) Visiting Professor.   You are invited to nominate an internationally eminent researcher or clinician to visit Adelaide in 2017. The Foundation provides up to $12,000 for travel and accommodation.  The closing date for nominations is Friday 27 May 2016.  The NCHF Visiting Professor is […]

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