Medical students from the Macleay Valley will have greater opportunities to live, study and work closer to home following today’s announcement that a Regional Training Hub will be established in the region.
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker says the announcement by the Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, will help create the medical workforce of the future for our region.
“Kempsey is one of 26 regions across rural and regional areas that will benefit from the Federal Coalition Government’s $28.5 million investment in Regional Training Hubs over coming years,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The Hubs are an essential component of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine, which is helping to get more doctors and health professionals into regional Australia.
“All too often, young medical students are forced to leave regional Australia to access the training opportunities necessary to progress professionally. The initiative will coordinate more opportunities for medical students to stay in our region to complete their training.
“This Hub, to be operated by the University of New South Wales, will work with local health services to help move medical students through the training pipeline, enabling students to continue rural training through university into postgraduate medical training, and then working in regional and rural Australia.
“The Coalition Government’s initiatives to support high quality rural placements for health students from across Australia will help ensure regional and rural communities have access to doctors, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in the future.
“The Regional Training Hubs initiative is part of the $54.4 million Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program, which also includes the University Departments of Rural Health program.
“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.”