Official opening of Whitty Building celebrates new era of learning

Home > Part two: Our organisation > Official opening of Whitty Building celebrates new era of learning
coming soon.
The Whitty Building has always had significant historical value to the Mater Community and it is wonderful to see it returned to its former glory as an educational facility for Mater and UQ students, now and into the future.”
Dr Shane Kelly, Chief Executive Officer, Mater Group

On Wednesday 20 April 2016, the newly refurbished Whitty Building was officially opened and blessed, celebrating its transformation into a unique education precinct for Mater and The University of Queensland’s (UQ) medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health services students.

Constructed in 1911 as the first Mater Misericordiae Public Hospital, the heritage-listed building was refurbished to create a modern facility conducive to collaborative learning, while maintaining its architectural features, including original pressed metal ceilings and stained glass windows.

Mater’s relationship with UQ spans more than 60 years and more recently, Mater has provided clinical training and placements to hundreds of medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students annually, with more than 1200 undergraduate health professional students undertaking their clinical education at Mater in 2015.

Mater and UQ entered into an Alliance Agreement in 2013 to create an outstanding clinical teaching environment which allowed students to experience the best of theory and practice in a tertiary teaching hospital.

The refurbishment of the Whitty Building formed part of this agreement, and after almost two years of construction, the building was blessed by His Grace, The Most Reverend Mark Coleridge, Archbishop of Brisbane at an official opening event attended by
Director-General, Queensland Health, Mr Michael Walsh, Mater and UQ Board and Executive, and those involved in the project.

The collaboration is just one way in which Mater is working to integrate health, education and research for a healthy community.

The Whitty Building when it opened in 1911, and in 2016 following its transformation into a unique education precinct.

SHARE