Work has begun on a new $12 million federally funded clinical and allied health educational facility in Coffs Harbour designed to attract students and help meet growing demand for allied health professionals in the city and surrounding region.
Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals’ Leader and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said construction of the long-awaited facility is an exciting step forward for people seeking a career as members of health care teams tasked with delivering a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic and direct patient care and support services.
“The new building – complete with seven laboratories and therapy rooms, a sheltered outdoor learning space and internal and external running track – will provide essential opportunities for local and interstate students,” Mr McCormack said.
“Once complete, the regional campus, located at Southern Cross University, will enable more people to engage in a wider range of medical and allied health studies.
“New university-level courses will finally be available to students including in the highly sought after areas of Occupational Therapy, a joint degree in Exercise Science and Psychology, as well as Indigenous Health and Mental Health.”
The Nationals’ Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the project was a major investment in the future of the Mid North Coast.
“The construction of this two-storey building and car park will support 21 jobs and create 20 ongoing jobs – another example of the Australian Government’s commitment to creating employment opportunities in regional areas,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“This health and science training hub will see a major influx of local and interstate students, which will ease the shortage of graduates in this essential workforce and strengthen the local economy.
“With its ample resources, the facility will support the advancement of allied and other health activities in the region, including professional development opportunities for existing practitioners.”
This $12 million project is fully funded by the Australian Government.