Westmead Redevelopment joins Tech Expo to chat about jobs

Virtual reality goggles are used at Westmead’s Tech Expo

The Westmead Redevelopment project team joined the University of Sydney at the Tech Expo last week. The team chatted to staff and students about work opportunities and the impacts of new and emerging technologies.

The inaugural Westmead Tech Expo, held in the Westmead Education and Conference Centre, was organised by the University of Sydney.

The event featured five 20-minute presentations on “hot” topics in research, education and technology, then a marketplace of stalls where attendees learnt about and gained hands-on experience with a range of tools and software.

The Westmead Redevelopment project team shared information about the project, showed artist’s impressions of the new hospital building, using virtual reality goggles, and discussed current and future job opportunities.

Westmead Redevelopment director of redesign and transformation Carla Edwards said technology presented challenges and opportunities for the current and future workforce.

“Technology is embedded into so many of our daily work activities in the healthcare sector - from computers on wheels other mobile devices and desktop computers used to access patient records, through to corporate systems that analyse complex health data,” Carla said.

“We all know technology is moving so fast – this can present challenges as we all try to keep up, train and support others, and feel comfortable with new systems.

“The Westmead Redevelopment project team is working closely with all the project partners to prepare our current workforce for new and emerging technologies. Events like this are a great professional development opportunity for current staff and students to chat to tech experts about the types of skills and experience that are desirable to employers, including employers at Westmead.”

In addition to one-off events like the Tech Expo, there are other free events held in the Westmead Education and Conference Centre for current staff and students to attend. Every Friday the Westmead precinct education hub holds a free 30-minute lunchtime sessions called Sydney.Concepts.Westmead. Speakers often discuss and demonstrate new and emerging technologies. To find out about future events, contact Westmead precinct education hub manager Monica Hughes on Monica.hughes@health.nsw.gov.au or 0417 058 806.

Photo caption: Western Sydney Local Health District system analyst Violeta Ule Priebbenow uses the virtual reality goggles to see inside the new hospital building.

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