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Western Sydney University provides students with state of the art clinical practice facilities, called Clinical Practice Units (CPU's). These are located at the Hawkesbury (3 CPU's), Parramatta (4 CPU's), Campbelltown Campus (4 CPU's) and Liverpool Campus (2 CPU's).
The CPU's have beds and mannequins and are designed to simulate a contemporary hospital ward setting. All Clinical Practice Unit (CPU) complexes on each campus have rooms for teaching and practice, a simulation room and a control room. At Parramatta campus there is also a midwifery room for midwifery students.
The teaching rooms in the CPU's are equipped with white boards, screens, projectors and computer access and smart boards.
- Low fidelity to high fidelity mannequins on all campuses.
- Compressed air to each bed so that oxygen (simulated) air and suction can be provided for practice.
- Range of equipment to support nursing skills such as IV pumps and lines, oxygen equipment, suctioning equipment, ECG machines, cardiac monitors, dressing packs, intravenous medication (simulated) and equipment, injection equipment (needles and syringes), dressing equipment and trolleys, oral medication (simulated), nasogastric tubes, urinary catheters, BP machines, pulse oximeters and Weigh scales.
- Computer on wheels for use in the CPU's and multiple internet points on Parramatta, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury and Lithgow campuses.
The SIM Room
The CPU complex on each campus has a simulation room housing a Laerdal Simman, Simman mannequin, bed and emergency trolley with a defibrillator, resuscitation equipment and simulated drugs. The cameras in the SIM room send data to any of the CPU's on the same campus. This allows students to view activities in the Sim room. Debriefing of students can then occur in the CPU's. This allows students to view activities in the SIM room.
The School currently offers both the Bachelor of Midwifery and a Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery. Both courses enable graduates to register as a midwife in Australia.
All midwifery students have access to state of the art practice based lab facilities which include:
- High fidelity mother and baby mannequins
- Task trainers for birthing and emergency procedures
- Resuscitation cot with a Neopuff resuscitair for neonatal resuscitation education
- High fidelity interactive Noelle Mannequin which can birth and simulate various complications of pregnancy, as well as be resuscitated
- High fidelity interactive baby mannequin Hal which can be resuscitated
- Ward style, home style and high acuity style environments
- Simulation resources for pregnancy, birth and postnatal midwifery care