Medical students in Darwin and Alice Springs will have greater opportunities to live, study and work closer to home through the creation of two Regional Training Hubs.
Darwin and Alice Springs are two of 26 regions across rural and regional areas that will benefit from the federal Coalition Government’s $28.5 million investment in Regional Training Hubs between 2016-17 and 2018-19. The investment forms an essential component of the Integrated Rural Training Pipeline for Medicine that is helping to get more doctors and health professionals into regional Australia.
Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, said that better coordination of medical training through the Regional Training Hubs would help to build the regional health workforce of the future.
“Supporting high quality regional and rural health training is an important way to address rural health workforce shortages,” Minister Gillespie said.
“These initiatives will help the Coalition Government deliver on its commitment to provide first rate health and medical services to all Australians – regardless of where they live.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said the Regional Training Hubs would work with local health services to help move medical students through the pipeline.
“The Regional Training Hubs will enable students to continue training in the Territory through university into postgraduate medical training and then work in the NT,” Senator Scullion said.
Under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training programme, $54.4 million has been allocated from 2016-17 to 2018-19 for 26 new Regional Training Hubs and three university departments of rural health.