Work is progressing on the establishment of the Southern Queensland Regional Training Hub which will provide medical students the ability to study work and live in Toowoomba and Charleville.
Assistant Minister for Health Dr David Gillespie said that significant progress has been made in establishing the Hub and the University of Queensland will focus on facilitating regionally based vocational training pathways to improve retention and provide more access to medical services.
“The University of Queensland has signed on to the project and is meeting with local health and medical providers about this new program ” Minister Gillespie said.
“The Toowoomba and Charleville Hubs will work with healthcare providers specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for our future doctors in the region improving opportunities for regional specialist careers.”
Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said that each hub including the Toowoomba and Charleville Regional Training Hubs will receive initial funding of around $1 million.
“This initiative will create more jobs within the University of Queensland for the operation of Regional Training Hubs.
“This initiative will create more jobs within the University and training investments like Regional Training Hubs are essential to the health workforce of regional areas like Toowoomba and Charleville into the future ” Dr McVeigh said.
“This Coalition Government initiative supports high quality rural placements for health students from across Australia to help ensure rural communities have access to doctors nurses midwives and allied health professionals in the future ” Minister Gillespie said.
“Supporting rural health training is an important way to address rural health workforce shortages.
“These initiatives will help the Coalition Government deliver on its commitment to provide first rate health and medical services to all Australians – regardless of where they live.”