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Facilities - Gold Coast campus

The laboratories and specialist facilities utilised by students studying degrees at the Gold Coast campus through the School of Health and Human Sciences offer modern, safe, and specialised state-of-the-art teaching and learning environments.

Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Lab - provides occupational therapy students with practical facilities in which to develop their clinical skills. The lab is fitted with a range of adaptive equipment including: wheelchairs, electrical beds and hoist systems, as well as accessible shower, bath and kitchen facilities that include an adjustable bench and wash basin. Students are able to apply therapeutic techniques in this model environment for simulating home, community, and hospital-based rehabilitation for clients of all ages and abilities.

Anatomy and Physiology Lab - is utilised by students enrolled in nursing, midwifery, exercise science, occupational therapy, podiatry, pedorthics, speech pathology and biomedical science. A range of scientific and diagnostic equipment and interactive software is available to provide students with hands-on learning experience in preparation for entry into nursing, allied health and science professions. Equipment includes life-sized anatomical models, microscopes, histological slides, dissection and physiological testing equipment.

Anatomy Cadaver Lab - is the only lab of its type in Australia located outside a major metropolitan area. It provides the opportunity for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the function of human bones, muscles and ligaments, as well as the cardiovascular, urinary, reproductive, respiratory, and nervous systems of the human body. The lab utilises cadaver specimens, giving occupational, podiatry, pedorthic, speech pathology and sport & exercise science students a unique experience and insight into human anatomy to facilitate learning and pedagogy in the allied health and scientific fields.

Chemistry Lab - is equipped with chemistry preparation equipment and analytical instrumentation for chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and food science studies. Osteopathy, sport & exercise and biomedical science students are taught in this facility.

Manual Therapies Room - enables students from occupational therapy, podiatry, pedorthics and sport & exercise science to analyse, assess and develop functional goals and a range of intervention approaches in order to address sensory motor, biomechanical and physiological challenges to human function.

Midwifery Birth Suite - is designed to simulate childbirth environments from natural childbirth to high dependency births, using the latest technology. The birth suite enables midwifery students to utilise highly specialised equipment and practise on anatomical/simulation models, including the hi-fidelity SimMum interactive mannequin. Students also have access to a purpose built neonatal care environment.

Movement Lab - includes a range of sport & exercise science, podiatry, pedorthics, biomechanics and gait analysis equipment for students to gain hands-on practical experience analysing human movement and physiology. Equipment includes an in-floor force plate, medical grade treadmill, cycle ergometers, portable pressure mapping systems, a motion capture and analysis system, expired gas analysis system, and EMG, ECG spirometry and other human measurement equipment.

Nursing Labs - are fitted with state of the art hospital and electronic teaching equipment in simulated clinical ward environments. Part-task trainers and mannequins allow students to practice skills as well as involve themselves in scenario-based learning and patient care. The hi-fidelity sim lab is equipped with SimMan, a programmable interactive model which simulates real life conditions and patients.

Pedorthics/Podiatry Manufacturing Lab - is a modern, state-of-the-art, purpose-built 240m2 facility where students use machinery for grinding and polishing, ovens and vacuum presses for moulding orthotics, and sewing machines. There is a separate plaster room and gluing area, and the extensive dust extraction system ensures clean air is continually available to the laboratory working environment. Students work with materials to design and manufacture orthotics and customised corrective footwear.

Personal Skills Lab - is used by occupational therapy students and includes equipment used for play-based assessment and intervention.

Speech Language Lab - is used by students undertaking speech pathology studies. The facility is sound treated to enable high quality sound transmission and phonetic transcription of speech sounds. It includes computers with state-of-the-art software for students to analyse speech and voice. The video capabilities in the lab provide the opportunity for students to observe qualified clinical speech pathologists in educator roles, other students and themselves working with clients with a range of communication disorders.

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