Work is progressing on the establishment of the two Regional Training Hubs and a newUniversity Department of Rural Health (UDRH) which will provide young doctorsand nursing and allied health students the ability to study, work and live in Broken Hill and Dubbo. The Regional Training Hubs will be led by the University of Sydney, while Charles SturtUniversity will operate the UDRH.
Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie said the University of Sydney would develop an integrated workforce plan for the region, with a particular focus on advanced skills training for rural generalists.
“The University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University have signed on to these projects, and are meeting with local health providers about this new program,” Minister Gillespie said.
“These two Hubs will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for our future doctors.”
“I am also pleased to announce that Charles Sturt University is gearing up to start providing rural training placements to nursing and allied health students.”
The Member for Parkes, the Hon Mr Mark Coulton MP said each hub will receive initial funding of around $1 million to 31 December 2018 while the UDRH will receive $8.6 million.
“This initiative will create more jobs across Dubbo and Broken Hill within the University of Sydney for the operation of Regional Training Hubs and Charles Sturt University for the UDRH in Dubbo.”
“This Coalition Government initiative supports high quality rural placements for health students from across Australia, to help ensure rural communities have access to doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in the future,” Mr Coulton said.
“Supporting rural health training is an important way to address rural health workforce
“These initiatives will help the Coalition Government deliver on its commitment to provide first rate health and medical services to all Australians – regardless of where they live.”