New health training facility in Northern Melbourne

Health Minister Sussan Ley has opened a new health training facility that will provide almost 1,000 medicine, nursing and allied health students with world class, hands on training.

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20 April 2015

Health Minister Sussan Ley today opened a new health training facility that will provide almost 1,000 medicine, nursing and allied health students with world class, hands on training.

Ms Ley said the Australian Government had contributed $14 million to the new facility in northern Melbourne that will boost local medical research projects and provide long-term benefits for the local community.

“This new Northern Centre for Health Education and Research at Epping will provide first-class modern clinical training and research facilities to ensure Australians continue to have access to a world-class health care system,” Ms Ley said.

“The education and research facility will provide the next generation of health professionals with expert, hands-on clinical training and with the skills needed to provide high-quality care.

“The Abbott Government is committed to continuing to support the development of a highly specialised workforce to meet Australia’s future health needs.”

Ms Ley said the new training facility will provide training in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, social work and health sciences as well as research into aged care, cardiovascular medicine, chronic disease management and prevention, and health services.

“This high quality facility will significantly increase the number of students who could obtain clinical training through Northern Health and will attract doctors, nurses and allied health staff, many of whom we hope will choose to stay in the outer north of Melbourne when their studies are over,” Ms Ley said.

“Research at the Northern Centre for Health Education will also bring lasting benefits by investigating and addressing the medical conditions that adversely affect local people.”

The centre is a partnership between Northern Health, the University of Melbourne, La Trobe University and the state and federal governments.

The new building offers state of the art teaching facilities as well as research laboratories, lecture theatres and community spaces.

La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and Northern Health each have a dedicated floor in the three-storey building.

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Minister Ley’s Media Contact: James Murphy – 0478 333 974

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