Federal Coalition Government boosts funding for Dubbo Health Precinct

The Dubbo Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Australian Government’s announcement that Sydney University will receive $51.7 million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

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25 October 2016

The Dubbo Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Coalition Government’s announcement that Sydney University will receive $51.7 million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

Federal Assistant Minister for Rural Health, Dr David Gillespie said a significant proportion of the funding package has been allocated to the School of Rural Health which operates the campus in Dubbo, and another in Orange.

“This significant investment by our Government in the Dubbo campus is testament to the wonderful job being done by Sydney University in the education and training of medical and dental students,” Dr Gillespie said while touring the campus with Local Federal MP Mark Coulton today.

“It has also happened thanks to the advocacy of Mark Coulton who continued to push for the development of health service and training facilities in Dubbo and western NSW.”

Over the three years to 2018, 96 students are expected to undertake part of their training through Sydney University’s Dubbo campus.

Minister Gillespie also visited the Dubbo Base Hospital today to reaffirm the Coalition Government’s commitment to providing specialist cancer services to residents in western New South Wales.

“During the election campaign, we pledged to provide $25 million – which is around half the total cost – for the new Integrated Cancer Centre here at the hospital, under the Community Development Grants Program,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This service will address critical service gaps in cancer care, particularly for diagnosis and radiotherapy treatment, giving people of this region an opportunity to receive the care they need while remaining closer to their homes.

“People in regional and rural communities often need to travel to larger centres to receive specialist care – taking them away from their families and support base for an extended period of time while they undergo treatment.

“This new facility will include specialist medical and radiation oncology services, as well as a PET scanning service.

“It’s a vital service that will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands of people across Western NSW, and we’re committed to making it happen as soon as possible.”

Minister Gillespie said regional communities like Dubbo also play an important role in training and retaining health professionals.

“Our Government remains committed to the recruitment and retention of rural and remote health professionals, and communities like Dubbo provide students with vital experience of what a health career is like in a country setting,” Dr Gillespie said.

“We are investing over $487 million over three academic years in rural training opportunities for health students across the country under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.

“This includes the University of Sydney’s School of Rural Health campuses at Dubbo and Orange, and its two University Departments of Rural Health at Broken Hill and on the NSW north coast.

“Around half of the 313 Rural Clinical School students who graduated between 2011 and 2015 completed at least one clinical year of placement at Dubbo. At Broken Hill, another 400 undergraduate health students undergo placements each year.

“The university also supports a small number of rural dental training placements in Dubbo each year.

“These programs give health students valuable practical experience, and are helping address the shortage of doctors and other health professionals in regional and rural communities.”

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 4960

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