ANF Opens New Training and Research Facility

Sunday 14th April, 2013

The Australian Nursing Federation is extremely excited to announce the opening of their new training and research facility in Hobart! The Health Education and Research Centre will be holding its Grand Opening on Monday 15 April onsite at 182 Macquarie Street, Hobart with the building being officially opened by The Hon Julie Collins MP.

ANF Branch Secretary Neroli Ellis said, ‘The Health Education and Research Centre is central to the long term ANF vision to improve quality health outcomes for Tasmanians and this positions us perfectly to provide quality training to our valued students, members and partners in Tasmania’.

Mrs Ellis said “The $2.5m Health Education and Research Centre, established with the assistance of a $900,000 Federal Government funding grant, is an innovative training and research facility driven by the growing need for health professionals who are optimally prepared for the rapid changes taking place within our health care system”.

ANF can now deliver our quality training courses from this new facility including professional development for Tasmanian nurses, midwives and personal carers, training programs for professionals from other health disciplines and our courses in nursing and nursing related fields.

A custom-built space that replicates a hospital ward is complete with simulated patients that are almost life like. The facilities also include a conference room, large and small meeting rooms, lecture theatre and a library to be used by ANF staff, students, members and visiting groups to hold conferences, workshops, roundtables and meetings.

Nurse Education Manager Dr Lisa Dalton said, “Most Australian schools of nursing are now using simulated based training because it is well recognised as a safe and effective way for health professionals to learn new knowledge, skills and techniques”. She said the simulated learning environment provided a space where learners could now experience a variety of situations that might typically arise in a hospital or residential aged care settings in a safe and supported way.

The HERC learning spaces also have the capability for live transmission to external venues through video conferencing, and the main lecture theatres can all be video linked to the simulation rooms through a sophisticated audio-visual system. These state-of-the-art features will allow for an exciting future for health professionals education, training and research that is patient-outcome oriented and reflects the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare in Tasmania and beyond.

For more information on the facilities offered by the ANF Health Education and Research Centre, or to enquire about venue hire, please contact Dr Lisa Dalton on 6223 6777 or email