Australian Government boosts funding to support Geraldton Health Precinct

The Geraldton Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Australian Government’s announcement that the University of Western Australia will receive $39.8-million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

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28 October 2016

The Geraldton Health Precinct has been given a further boost thanks to the Federal Liberal-Nationals Government’s announcement that the University of Western Australia will receive $39.8-million between 2016 and 2018 under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.

Visiting the Geraldton Campus of UWA’s Centre for Rural Health today, Federal Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David Gillespie said there would be increased training opportunities for health and medical students in Geraldton as part of the initiative aimed at recruiting and retaining health professionals in the region.

“I’m delighted to be here in Geraldton to meet with the academic staff and students at the university to tour the campus and see programs on offer for health and medical students, under The Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Coalition Government is committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to first rate health services, regardless of whether they live in the bush or city areas,” Dr Gillespie said.

“To ensure we have the right distribution of health professionals in the right areas, we must first invest in the training of our workforce.

This year, 189 students will complete placements in Geraldton across a range of disciplines including nursing, physiotherapy, speech pathology, social work and occupational therapy.

“It’s fantastic to see health and medical students undertaking their training in rural, remote and Indigenous settings,” Dr Gillespie said.

“This will mean better health outcomes through localised training and learning.

“Undertaking a health placement in these types of settings, will give students the opportunity to see firsthand the unique health challenges faced by these communities.

“As part of our government’s on-going investment in workforce training, we are doubling our funding to provide an additional $83.1 million to University Departments of Rural Health over four years to increase student training opportunities.”

The Western Australian Centre for Rural Health at the University of Western Australia is one of 12 University Departments of Rural Health to receive this additional funding through the Federal Coalition Government’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.

The Federal Coalition Government is providing $487.2 million over three academic years to support rural training opportunities to participating universities under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program.

More information about the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program is available on the Department of Health website.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on 0433 141 433

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