New regional health training hubs created
Twenty six new Regional Training Hubs will create opportunities for young doctors to stay, study, work and live in rural and regional Australia, rather than returning to cities for all of their postgraduate training.
Three new University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH) will also deliver more opportunities for undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health students to train in the regions.
Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie said more than 140 full-time jobs will be created within universities for the operation of the Regional Training Hubs and UDRHs,”
This is an additional investment through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program, with an additional $54.4 million available over 2016-17 to 2018-19 to support these new developments.
“All of the universities involved in these initiatives have now signed on, and are meeting with local health and medical providers about these new programs that are being set up in their regions,” Dr Gillespie said.
Regional training hubs will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for young doctors in the regions.
The UDRHs are gearing up to start providing rural training placements to nursing and allied health students, providing the opportunity to experience the benefits and challenges of becoming a rural health practitioner.
5 July 2017.