ANU Medical School
The ANU Medical School building at Canberra Hospital, which officially opened in August 2006, trains future doctors for Canberra and the surrounding region, while providing students and staff with an excellent facility for learning and research.
The World University Rankings 2009 published in the London Times Higher Education Supplement, recently ranked The Australian National University (ANU) as the 17th best university in the world and number one in Australia.
Canberra Hospital campus
The ANU Medical School building accommodates tutorial rooms, a lecture theatre and teaching areas, and is now the permanent home of the Academic Units of Internal Medicine, Surgery, General Practice and Psychological Medicine, supported by the Health Directorate library on the ground floor.
The development significantly enhances the capacity of the ANU Medical School to recruit and train doctors, many of whom will ultimately work in Canberra and the region, in time alleviating workforce shortages.
The ANU Medical School offers a four-year medical program to graduate students, with a strong emphasis on rural and regional health care. It currently has 254 students, with the first graduates due to graduate in 2007.
Canberra Hospital is the principal teaching hospital for the ANU Medical School and the new building is the focus for this activity, complementing other developments in medical education that the ACT Government has already supported on the Canberra Hospital campus.
The ACT Government announced capital funding for the ANU Medical School at Canberra Hospital of $12.1 million.
In addition to this, a further $3.55 million in recurrent funding has been provided to employ specialist medical staff to boost the teaching and training of medical students.
Calvary Hospital campus
ACT Health Minister Katy Gallagher opened the Calvary Campus of the Australian National University Medical School in May 2006 - a facility which provides specialised in-hospital clinical training for 3rd and 4th year medical students.
The ACT Government also provided $1.75 million to refurbish existing facilities at Calvary Hospital in order to house the new ANU Medical School.
It consists of four tutorial education rooms for learning, a students' common room and kitchenette, a reception and administration area. The Calvary Library has undergone a complete refurbishment and expansion that will not only benefit the new school but all health staff at Calvary hospital.
This new facility at Calvary, together with the new ANU Medical School facilities on The Canberra Hospital campus, significantly enhances the capacity of the school to recruit and train doctors, many of whom will ultimately work in Canberra and the region upon completion of their studies.
The ANU Medical School took its first intake of students in 2004. These students are part of a four-year graduate medical degree and will undertake education and clinical placements, with 3rd and 4th year students undergoing clinical placements at Calvary Hospital and The Canberra Hospital, ACT Health's Community Health and rural health services across the NSW region.