Ru­ral health train­ing gets $54m boost

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A $54 mil­lion Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in­jec­tion into ru­ral health train­ing has been wel­comed by the peak na­tional re­gional doc­tors body.

Un­der the Ru­ral Health Mul­tidis­ci­plinary Train­ing pro­gram $54.4 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated for new re­gional train­ing hubs and uni­ver­sity de­part­ments of ru­ral health, one of which will cover the Pil­bara and Kim­ber­ley.

Ru­ral Doc­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Aus­tralia pres­i­dent Ewen McPhee said the funding would pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties to build the ru­ral med­i­cal work­force of the future.

“The funding is aimed at boost­ing clin­i­cal train­ing in re­gional Aus­tralia by the way of 26 re­gional health train­ing hubs and three new uni­ver­sity de­part­ments of ru­ral health,” he said.

“It is an­other im­por­tant step to­wards ad­dress­ing the mal-dis­tri­bu­tion of the med­i­cal work­force across Aus­tralia.

“This ini­tia­tive, along with the an­nounce­ment of the ru­ral health com­mis­sioner, a na­tional ru­ral gen­er­al­ist path­way and the Ru­ral Ju­nior Doc­tor Train­ing In­no­va­tion Fund sup­port­ing gen­eral prac­tice in­tern ro­ta­tions, are all crit­i­cal el­e­ments in what must be a mul­ti­di­men­sional ap­proach to ad­dress­ing this very com­plex and chal­leng­ing is­sue.”

Mr McPhee said ru­ral work pro­vided ben­e­fits to stu­dents and re­gional med­i­cal ser­vices.

“We know that ex­pe­ri­enc­ing qual­ity train­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas plays a vi­tal role in at­tract­ing health prac­ti­tion­ers to the bush,” he said.

As­sis­tant Health Min­is­ter David Gil­liespie said train­ing fa­cil­i­ties were es­sen­tial to the re­gional health work­force.

“Both of these ini­tia­tives of the coali­tion Gov­ern­ment sup­port high qual­ity ru­ral place­ments for health stu­dents from across Aus­tralia, to help en­sure ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties have ac­cess to doc­tors, nurses, mid­wives and al­lied health pro­fes­sion­als in the future,” he said.

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