Joint Media Release
The Hon Dr David Gillespie MP
Assistant Minister for Health
Member for Lyne
Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training
Senator for South Australia
27 April 2017
The first stage of a national assessment of medical schools has been concluded and the Federal Coalition Government will collaboratively support 50 students to enable a complete university medical program to be delivered on the Sunshine Coast.
"This has been an extremely positive and useful exercise,” Minister Gillespie said.
"We've had, and will continue to have, very productive discussions with Griffith University and this is a positive step forward for the Sunshine Coast region. I look forward to finalising arrangements and visiting in the near future.”
Minister Gillespie also thanked the Sunshine Coast MPs for their work and advocacy for the Sunshine Coast medical school proposal.
"Andrew and Ted have been working closely with me and my Ministerial colleagues to progress this important and worthwhile initiative for the Sunshine Coast and I congratulate them once again for their efforts." Minister Gillespie said.
Separate to the Sunshine Coast proposal, further work has been identified and will continue towards addressing Australia's health workforce challenge.
"The initial surveying of the training landscape has been a useful exercise. In the context of workforce data and projections, it's clear that there are a number of complex issues that require further examination and the Government will continue to work on these."
The next stages of the national assessment of the medical school places will continue over the coming months.
Federal Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said the Federal Coalition Government was focused on ensuring Australia had access to quality training and learning opportunities, including for the medical profession.
“The Federal Coalition Government understands the importance of having training opportunities in regional areas like the Sunshine Coast because those graduates are more inclined to look for work locally,” Minister Birmingham said.
For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 4960