Medical students hone skills on robots

Medical students are undertaking their training using robots rather than live patients in a new $2.6 million medical simulation unit at Sydney's Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH).

The life-like robots and robotic body parts are housed in a purpose-built suite that functions as an operating theatre, an emergency ward and a doctor's consulting room.

NSW Health Minister Craig Knowles said the unit is so far ahead of its time it has professionals from across the medical spectrum watching on in "amazement".

Audio visual equipment has also been installed allowing footage from the suite to be broadcast to several training rooms where students and professional staff can look on before participating themselves.

The suite is also being used to train health professionals throughout Asia and the Pacific by digital video link up.

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