On Thursday 2 February I was delighted to officially open the new medical radiation science laboratory at the University of Canberra (on behalf of the Minister for Health, Meegan Fitzharris MLA). The facility is state of the art, with technology not found elsewhere in the ACT or region. The Lab means UC is able to expand its course offerings, producing more health professionals who will have had access to the latest technology in developing their clinical skills. Congratulations to the many people involved in seeing this outstanding facility come to life.
Here’s my speech:
As member for Ginninderra, Town Centre resident and University of Canberra alumna, it’s a real honour to open this exciting facility today on behalf of the Minister for Health. I know Minister Fitzharris is sorry she cannot be here today.
I wish to also acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we are meeting on, the Ngunnawal people, and acknowledge their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.
It’s said often but it’s always worth repeating: health services are absolutely critical to our community.
The University’s rapidly developing Health Precinct is playing a key role in enhancing those services in the community – from infrastructure like the new Public Hospital, to student-led clinics, to expanding areas of study and providing those students with access to some of the best technology – increasing our workforce and the quality of it.
The addition of the Medical Radiation Science Laboratory is yet another contribution that reinforces the role the University is playing in supporting our community.
The Laboratory will enhance the development of students’ clinical skills and be an important resource in enhancing patient care by ensuring continuing access to a cohort of new graduates.
It will also help ensure a continuum of quality radiography recruits to stabilise and consolidate Health Professional recruitment with diagnostic imaging expertise. This will overcome a continuing critical shortage of quality new graduates in this important area of allied health.
Finally, the Lab will strengthen the ongoing collaboration between UC and ACT Health. The Canberra Hospital and Health services Medical Imaging department is excited to be working with UC to support training opportunities.
I wish all students and staff who will use this facility every success.