A NEW hands-on training centre at Liverpool Hospital has impressed Health Minister Jillian Skinner.
Mrs Skinner last week officially opened the Ngara Education Centre which provides training and orientation for health professionals including nurses.
The simulation centre is equipped with a four-bed ward room, simulation mannequins, linen trolley, utility rooms, as well as lecture and video conference rooms.
Manager Rebecca Leon said the centre was the only one of its kind in south-west Sydney.
"I think it is a huge step forward," she said. "We have worked hard to make the centre high-tech. It has Wi-Fi and students will get laptops to work on."
Ms Leon said the centre allowed students to learn to do day-to-day tasks such as feeding, lifting and bathing patients, as well as the more extreme tasks like resuscitation.
The centre was funded by the state and federal governments and cost $6.2 million.
It caters for 30 to 40 students each day.
So far, more than 5000 students have made use of the centre since it began operating in February.
The name Ngara is an Aboriginal word of Darug origin which means "listen, hear, think".