Communities in the Goldfields region are set to benefit from improved health care following Australian Government investment in local health education and clinical training.
In the period 2022-2024, the Government is providing Curtin University $10 million to establish a new University Department of Rural Health in Kalgoorlie as well as off campus accommodation for students on placement.
The funding is a part of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program (RHMT). Each year the Government provides over $210 million to the program to improve rural healthcare across Australia.
The University Department of Rural Health will provide a chance for allied health and nursing students to undertake rural education and training in Kalgoorlie.
This all comes through the Australian Government’s commitment to improve rural health across Australia.
Exposing students to rural clinical training improves the recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural Australia, driving increased stability and accessibility of quality health care for all Australians.
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister, Emma McBride:
“This University Department of Rural Health will play a critical role in improving health outcomes in the Goldfields region, as well as offering social and economic benefits.
“Everyone has a right to quality health care, no matter where they live.
“Giving health care students outside the major cities a chance to remain close to home and study in the communities they know and understand is important to improving health care in rural and regional areas.”