Medical school opened
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.