Regional medical training in Western Australia has received a boost, with the Federal Government’s announcement today of funding for three University of Western Australia Regional Training Hubs.
Funding has been announced for training hubs in the Midwest/Goldfields region, the Kimberley/Pilbara and the Great Southern/Wheatbelt.
The aims of these hubs are to increase the medical workforce in regional WA and remote sparsely populated, under-served and disadvantaged areas. This will be achieved by increasing medical training opportunities in regional WA and lead to improved health delivery to regional WA.
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at UWA Professor Wendy Erber, said new academics will be employed in the hubs to create a pipeline for medical training in the regions.
“The Regional Training Hubs will provide improved recruitment and retention of medical graduates and medical specialists to regional, rural and remote areas of WA,” Professor Erber said.
“This will benefit regional and communities by providing them with better local health care.”
“This is a great outcome as the University celebrates 60 years since the establishment of the UWA Medical School.
“I congratulate the Head of the Rural Clinical School of WA, UWA Professor David Atkinson and his team on their successful funding submission.”
The funding for the three UWA hubs was announced today by the Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, as part of a $54.4 million pledge to regional health, including 26 regional training hubs and three University Departments of Rural health, Australia-wide.
David Stacey (UWA Media Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716