The money will flow to the Mid-North Coast training hub – one of 26 others around Australia that were rolled out under the Federal Government’s Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program.
The hub will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for our future doctors along the Mid-North Coast.
Assistant Minister for Health and Lyne MP, Dr David Gillespie, said the purpose of the program is to ensure that young doctors have a seamless training experience that will encourage them to study, work and live in the regions.
“We are trying to shift the postgraduate training paradigm so that more opportunities for upskilling and certification are in place in regional Australia,” Dr Gillespie told Port News
The move is in response to a perceived gap in the system where students from rural clinical schools return to metropolitan areas for postgraduate training.
“To be able to allow them to train in the Macleay Valley will mean we have a high chance of potentially retaining those doctors once they have finished their training,” Cowper MP, Luke Hartsuyker, said.
UNSW Associate Dean (Rural Health), Dr Lesley Forster, said the new program would provide “the missing part of the puzzle”.
“For us, it’s a really exciting step forward and it’s the step forward rather than losing them to the city hospitals,” Forster said.
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Initial funding of $1m has given a kick-start to a new program being rolled out by the University of NSW (UNSW) which is aimed at providing young doctors with new training pathways.