$700,000 Investment to Support More Medical Trainees in Griffith

More medical students are training at the University of New South Wales’ Rural Clinical School campus in Griffith following an Australian Government-funded upgrade of the training facility.

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11 June 2014

More medical students are training at the University of New South Wales’ Rural Clinical School campus in Griffith following an Australian Government-funded upgrade of the training facility, the Assistant Minister for Health Fiona Nash said today.

Opening the upgraded Griffith Campus today Minister Nash said the Government had invested almost $700,000 to support UNSW to purchase a former doctor’s surgery and upgrade it into a state-of-the-art medical teaching facility.

“This investment in Griffith’s medical training infrastructure will ensure more medical students can train and live locally and experience working in rural health,” Minister Nash said.

“The upgrades will support six new students on 12-month placements, and boost the number of students on four-week placements from four to 25 students each year.

“The students will provide additional health services to local people during their placements by working at Griffith Base Hospital and in the community as part of their education.

Research has found that trainee health professionals often choose to work in the communities where they complete their training.

“The head of the Griffith campus, Dr Damien Limberger, is one of the Rural Clinical School programmes many success stories. Dr Limberger graduated from the Wagga Wagga campus and, in addition to his role at the campus, he is a local GP Obstetrician and the Executive Medical Director of Griffith Base Hospital,” Minister Nash said.

A further $496,000 was previously provided to UNSW to purchase what is now a six-bedroom house to accommodate long-term students studying at the Griffith Campus.

Minister Nash said under the former Coalition Government, the UNSW established the first ever Rural Clinical School with the opening of the Wagga Wagga campus in 2000. Since then, UNSW has established additional campuses in Albury-Wodonga, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Griffith.

A total of 185 medical students are currently studying at a UNSW Rural Clinical School campus, including four students from Griffith.

The UNSW Rural Clinical School is one of 17 supported by the Australian Government under the Rural Clinical Training and Support (RCTS) programme. Last year, 874 students were training at a rural clinical school nationally.

Minister's media contact, Carolyn Martin: 02 6277 7440, 0417 966 328

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