Med­i­cal school opened

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WESTERN Aus­tralia’s new­est med­i­cal school was opened at Curtin Univer­sity last month, wel­com­ing its first in­take of 60 stu­dents.

Of­fer­ing an un­der­grad­u­ate Bach­e­lor of Medicine and Bach­e­lor of Surgery de­gree, the $49 mil­lion fac­ulty was of­fi­cially opened by Premier Colin Bar­nett at a cer­e­mony at­tended by stu­dents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the health and med­i­cal sec­tors, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment and pri­vate en­ter­prise.

Curtin Univer­sity vicechan­cel­lor Deb­o­rah Terry said the full-time five-year de­gree would al­low grad­u­ates to meet the needs of cur­rently un­der-ser­viced ar­eas of health care, with a strong em­pha­sis on pri­mary care, chronic dis­ease, age­ing, indige­nous and re­gional health.

“We are enor­mously proud to of­fer what will be the only un­der­grad­u­ate en­try pro­gram avail­able in Western Aus­tralia,” Pro­fes­sor Terry said.

“Our vision is to cre­ate highly com­pe­tent doc­tors of the fu­ture who in­te­grate into an in­ter-pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment.”

Dean of Medicine Pro­fes­sor Wil­liam Hart said the fo­cus for stu­dents would be on pro­vid­ing com­pe­tent and com­pas­sion­ate med­i­cal care to peo­ple who cur­rently have in­ad­e­quate ac­cess to health care.

“We will train doc­tors to the high­est stan­dards of the Aus­tralian Med­i­cal Coun­cil and they will be fit for in­tern­ships and fu­ture spe­cial­i­sa­tion any­where in Aus­tralia, but we are ex­cited to wel­come ap­pli­cants who see them­selves as the WA GPs of the fu­ture,” Pro­fes­sor Hart said.

The fac­ulty re­ceived more than 1500 ap­pli­ca­tions for the first 60 places.

The in­take will in­crease to 110 do­mes­tic places per year by 2022.

Premier Colin Bar­nett with stu­dents at the open­ing of Curtin Univer­sity’s new med­i­cal school.

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