Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

About this project


Further information

  • Project governance
  • ‘Beyond The Teaching Nursing Home’ Model


Project Director:
Associate Rosemary Saunders
University of Western Australia
+61 (08) 6488 8108

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The unoccupied space of Bethanie Joondanna Nursing Home has been refurbished to create a clinical learning environment within which to facilitate health professional education and training. This clinical learning environment is co-located with two residential aged care hostels and independent living units.

A key part of this project is the contribution of older adults to health professional education. This community of learning and care provides nursing, medicine, podiatric medicine and other health professional students the opportunity to engage with older people to understand their specific health needs. Students participate in a range of simulated and clinical activities with participants and residents, both in the clinical learning environment and the aged care facility.

The clinical learning environment

The environment provides;

  • A 12 bed ward for simulated clinical training activities (incorporating an observation room);
  • Seminar/training room facilities;
  • A community flat (simulated home environment) providing a specific learning environment to teach students how to attend to the health care needs of clients in community settings;
  • An IT hub housing ipads for student use and access to electronic health records.

The University of Western Australia is committed to preparing students with sound evidence based practice in aged care. This community of learning and care will provide positive clinical experience in aged care and contribute to the future care of Australia’s ageing population. The project also creates opportunities of teaching and learning for all staff working in residential and community aged care within The Bethanie Group Inc. The University of Western Australia will continue to work with Bethanie to deliver education and training to support staff working in aged care.

This project is overseen and guided by a Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and a Reference Group.