“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.
These hubs will work with local health services to help move medical students through the pipeline, enabling students to continue rural training through university into postgraduate medical training, and then working within rural Australia.
Supporting high quality regional and rural health training is not only an important way to address rural health workforce shortages, but also maintain and improve overall services in the bush”
Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announcing $54.4 million funding and the locations of 26 regional training hubs and three new UDRHs, and the universities that will operate them.
Health and medical students will have greater opportunities to live, study and work in rural and regional Australia as part of the Federal Coalition’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program – another key initiative aimed at boosting Australia’s regional and rural health workforce.
Under the RHMT program $54.4 million has been allocated over 2016-17 to 2018-19 for new Regional Training Hubs and University Departments of Rural Health (UDRH). Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, today announced the locations of 26 regional training hubs and three new UDRHs, and the universities that will operate them.
“Training facilities like University Departments of Rural Health are essential to the regional health workforce of the future.”
With funding of $26 million, University of Notre Dame (WA), Charles Sturt University (NSW) and University of Queensland (QLD) have been selected to establish UDRHs in, respectively, Broome and the Kimberley in Western Australia, southern and central New South Wales, and South-East Queensland. This now takes the number of UDRHs across Australia to 15.
Each of these Departments will support current health workforce priorities in their region, and expand support for clinical placement activity for nursing, midwifery, dental or allied health students.
Minister Gillespie said the 26 new Regional Training Hubs across rural and regional Australia, form an essential component of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine.
“Supporting high quality regional and rural health training is not only an important way to address rural health workforce shortages, but also maintain and improve overall services in the bush. Good quality accessible health services are an important and essential part in the growth of a regional economy,” Minister Gillespie said.
“These initiatives will also help the Federal Coalition Government deliver on our commitment to provide first rate health and medical services to all Australians – regardless of where they live,” he added.
Australia’s GPs welcome new investment in regional health training
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has warmly welcomed the Australian Government’s announcement of funding for 26 Regional Health Training Hubs and three University Departments of Rural Health.
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RACGP President Dr Bastian Seidel said the new hubs and university departments are being funded through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program and will provide much needed support for clinical training across regional Australia.
“This $54.4 million investment in clinical training will create even more high quality rural health and medical placements for students across Australia. It will also provide people living in rural communities with more GPs, nurses, midwives and allied health professionals,” Dr Seidel said.
The new university departments will support clinical placements for nursing, midwifery, dental or allied health students. The new training hubs will play a critical role in the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine.
In 2013, the RACGP was commissioned by the Australian Government to develop national policy options for connecting and enabling an integrated rural training pathway for medical practitioners.
The RACGP’s Final report: new approaches to integrated rural training for medical practitioners helped shape the Australian Government’s Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine and recommended greater investment in integrated rural training hubs.
“A key to the success of each training hub will be its partnerships at the local level including its partnership with RACGP Rural and the integration of its teaching resources with the faculty’s teaching resources”, Dr Seidel said.