The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Assistant Minister for Rural Health
Member for Lyne
Mr Andrew Broad MP
Member for Mallee
Joint Media Release
16 December 2016
Health and medical students in Mildura will have even more opportunities to expand their skills as part of the Coalition Government’s continued investment in rural health training through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program.
Federal Assistant Minister for Rural Health, the Hon Dr David Gillespie MP, said that as part of the Coalition Government’s continued investment in workforce training, Monash University will receive $42.7 million under the RHMT program, from January 2016 through to December 2018.
Dr Gillespie joined Federal Member for Mallee, Mr Andrew Broad MP, at Monash University’s campus in Mildura to see the programs on offer for health and medical students. Mr Broad said the Mildura Campus offers a variety of rural placement options to medical students throughout their course.
“The Mildura Campus offers a wide range of programs and opportunities including, advanced technology and high quality simulation mannequins, that
students can get their hands on to recreate environments and develop their clinical skills,” Mr Broad said.
"These opportunities are bearing fruit for rural communities – a quarter of medical graduates who have had a placement in Mildura are now practising in a rural or regional community.”
Dr Gillespie said this year, 23 graduating medical students undertook a long term placement in Mildura, with a further 110 medical students undertaking short term placements.
“It’s great to see health students completing their placements in rural communities. It’s even more heartening that this year, medical students at the Mildura Campus undertook the equivalent of 1,428 placement weeks - what a fantastic outcome, and I’d like to congratulate Monash University and Andrew Broad – who has always been a strong advocate for training in the region,” Dr Gillespie said.
The Mildura Campus is one of five clinical academic centres run by Monash Rural Health. Each clinical academic site is connected to a regional hospital which partners with a range of community-based health services.
From 2017, the Mildura campus will be expanding its scope to offer allied health placements, initially in radiology and social work, with a focus on team-based learning opportunities.
“The Coalition Government is absolutely committed to making sure that Australians living in rural, regional and remote communities have the same access to health services as Australians living in the city,” said Dr Gillespie.
“By investing in health students in regional communities, we are laying the foundations for the right distribution of health professionals, in the right areas, at the right time.
“Through localised training, students will be able to see first-hand the unique challenges faced by Australians living outside metropolitan areas.”
For more information, contact Minister Gillespie's office on 0435 686 313 or Mr Broad’s office on 0418 445 233