NEXT STEP FOR MED SCHOOL

Maroochy Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

LO­CAL stu­dents will soon be study­ing medicine on the Sun­shine Coast fol­low­ing an his­toric Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ment.

The Turn­bull Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed it will fund 50 med­i­cal stu­dent place­ments at the Sun­shine Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

It means lo­cal high school grad­uands like Ju­lia Buczyn­ski and Han­nah Tomp­kins, from Ma­roochy­dore State High School, could be among the first en­rol­ments when the SCUH med­i­cal school opens in 2019.

Mem­ber for Fair­fax Ted O’Brien, who cam­paigned with Fisher MP An­drew Wal­lace for the med­i­cal stu­dent place­ments, said fam­i­lies could save thou­sands of dol­lars.

“Stu­dents who stay at home with their par­ents while study­ing can save around $100,000 in liv­ing ex­penses over the course of their de­gree,” said Mr O’Brien.

“We also know that grad­u­at­ing doc­tors are more likely to live and work in the re­gion where they stud­ied, which means more doc­tors for the Sun­shine Coast, hin­ter­land and sur­rounds.”

Ma­roochy­dore SHS se­niors re­cently met Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt and ex­pe­ri­enced first hand the state-of-the-art ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties and equip­ment at the univer­sity hos­pi­tal.

The med­i­cally minded teens toured the SCUH’s sim­u­la­tion pe­di­atric suite and in­ten­sive care room and mar­velled at a high tech vir­tual anatomy ta­ble with dig­i­tal ca­dav­ers.

❝Grad­u­at­ing

doc­tors are more likely to live and work in the re­gion where they stud­ied.

— Ted O’Brien

Year 12 stu­dent Ju­lia Buczyn­ski said she was in­ter­ested in study­ing medicine and thrilled by the prospect of stay­ing on the Sun­shine Coast.

“Once I fin­ish my de­gree I can hope­fully stay here and help my lo­cal peo­ple, which is just in­cred­i­ble,” she said.

Mr Hunt said the full do­mes­tic al­lo­ca­tion for lo­cal stu­dents was only pos­si­ble through the ad­vo­cacy of the Sun­shine Coast’s fed­eral mem­bers, Mr O’Brien and Mr Wal­lace.

“Ted and An­drew cre­ated the vi­sion and worked with stake­hold­ers, fought hard and re­lent­lessly ad­vo­cated the model, which has been de­liv­ered in full,” Mr Hunt said.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES GA­LORE: Ma­roochy­dore State High School grad­uands Han­nah Tomp­kins and Ju­lia Buczyn­ski with (from left) As­sis­tant Health Min­is­ter David Gille­spie, Mem­ber for Fisher An­drew Wal­lace, Mem­ber for Fair­fax Ted O’Brien, Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt and Grif­fith Univer­sity deputy vice chan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Mar­tin Betts.

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