Joint Media Release with Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie
Work is progressing to establish the Northern Territory Regional Training Hubs that will provide medical students the ability to study, work and live in Darwin and Alice Springs.
Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, said significant progress had been made in establishing the hubs, with Flinders University to focus on identifying specialist training needs for Top End hospitals and increasing training opportunities in general medicine, surgery and paediatrics.
“The Flinders University has signed on to the project, and is meeting with local health and medical providers about this new programme,” Minister Gillespie said.
“The Darwin and Alice Springs hubs will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for our future doctors in the region.”
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said that each hub, including the Alice Springs and Darwin Regional Training Hubs, would receive initial funding of around $1 million to 31 December 2018.
“Training investments such as the Darwin and Alice Springs Regional Training Hubs are essential to the health workforce of the Northern Territory into the future,” Senator Scullion said.
“This Coalition Government initiative supports 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,” Minister Gillespie said.
“Supporting rural health training is an important way to address rural health workforce shortages.
“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.”