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Investing in the future of health care

The University proudly opened its stunning new Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences (AHMS) building in February 2017, the culmination of nearly three years’ planning, design and construction. Housing more than 1,600 students and 600 researchers, it’s a truly world-class facility. We owe this achievement, in no small part, to the incredible generosity of our donors.

More than 800 University benefactors donated $1.4 million in response to our Health and Medical Sciences Building Appeal. Their contributions have been acknowledged through the installation of a custom designed glass donor wall and named rooms.

The building’s design is innovative and the fit-out is state-of-the-art, including a 90-chair Adelaide Dental Hospital and the Adelaide Health Simulation Centre, making it the most technologically advanced health care teaching facility in Australasia. This immersive skills-training environment mirrors that of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital’s (RAH) operating theatres, and supports a variety of teaching modes.

A highly collaborative research environment

Located in Adelaide’s renowned North Terrace BioMed City precinct, the AHMS building stands alongside the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) and the new RAH. This close proximity creates an outstanding environment for research collaboration, and a wonderful opportunity to build on our 130 years of partnership with the RAH.

Dr Luke Selth is a senior research fellow and had of the University’s Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratories Prostate Cancer Group, and a member of its Freemasons Foundation Centre for Men’s Health.

“The precinct is just fantastic in bringing many of Adelaide’s best biomedical researchers together, says Dr Selth. “We’re constantly bumping into people doing really interesting work, which stimulates a lot of new ideas and collaboration.”

The University of Adelaide has long been a world leader in health education and research. With investments in quality facilities such as the AHMS building, and the support of our donors, the community can rest assured we will remain so.

Next-level student experience

Image of Monica Chen and Brett Slarks in a medical simulation suite

Monica Chen and Brett Slarks

Integral to the design of the building is its ability to transform the way our students learn.

Final year students Brett Slarks’ and Monica Chen’s experience shows we’ve succeeded. Monica says, “We have had fantastic skills-based learning opportunities in the simulation suite. The facilities enabled us to practise managing deteriorating patients and learn basic and advanced life support in a team, similar to a real life situation.”

“Helping to teach younger medical students in the simulation suite as a final year medical student has been a great learning and fulfilling experience.”

Brett says, “There’s no doubt simulation will be a major focus in the future of medical education. We’re privileged that the University of Adelaide appreciates this, and has the vision not only to increase the amount of simulation training in our degrees, but expand the ability to deliver it.”

Brett is also impressed with the integration of teaching across different health disciplines within the building, something he believes will further enhance his ability to work within health care teams when he begins his career.

“It’s reassuring to know that, as I complete my studies, the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is continuing to adapt its teaching and facilities to ensure it equips graduates with the necessary skills to transition to workforce.”

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