NEXT STEP FOR MED SCHOOL
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.
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.
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.