Durack Institute of Technology, Geraldton

Education, Urban design / master planning

  • Project

    Additional facilities at regional education campus, including Aboriginal Learning Centre

  • Services

    Full architectural and interior design services

  • Location

    Geraldton, WA

  • Client

    Department of Training and Workforce

  • Date

    2015

The Durack Institute of Technology’s new Health Industries Training Facility and adjacent Aboriginal Learning Centre provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities for local and regional students to develop the much-needed skills to take up roles in health and community related services.

The Health Industries Training Facility successfully integrates multiple industry training areas into two connected buildings. The facility provides robust, spacious rooms where real-life situations can be simulated, directly observed and then practiced to consolidate learning. Training areas include nursing, aged care, child protection, youth work, early childhood development, community services, and health and beauty.

The real-life style of learning is empowering for students and allows them to develop the confidence and skills required to enter directly into a professional services environment.

The Aboriginal Learning Centre caters for the social, cultural and educational activities of Aboriginal people, with the objectives of improving training outcomes and completion rates, and fostering culture sharing.

The Learning Centre is a flexible space that allows for a holistic approach. Extensive consultation with external and internal stakeholders and user groups has informed a design that is appropriate, welcoming, and respectful of Aboriginal ways of learning.  Different pathways are supported by a range of learning areas including outdoor courtyards, a large deck and a terraced amphitheatre.

Feedback since opening has been very positive, with staff and students expressing enthusiasm for the quality of the facilities, and in particular the opportunities for increased interaction across both internal and external community groups.

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