Med student placements benefit Lismore community

Dr David Gillespie and Kevin Hogan with students at the UCRH campus. Photo Supplied.

Dr David Gillespie and Kevin Hogan with students at the UCRH campus. Photo Supplied.

Kevin Hogan MP says he wants all Australians, whether they live in regional communities or in the city, to have access to first-rate health services.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan said record Federal Government funding to encourage health and medical students to train and undertake clinical placements at the University Centre for Rural Health (UCRH) in Lismore is already benefiting the community.

Last Friday Mr Hogan inspected the UCRH campus with the Assistant Minister for Rural Health Dr David Gillespie.

In 2015, 32 students undertook a long-term medical placement in Lismore, including at Lismore Base Hospital. In addition, last year the UCRH in Lismore supported 197 nursing and allied health students to undertake rural clinical placements of two weeks or more, equating to 1,283 placement weeks. Of these, 91 per cent were allied health students and 9 per cent were nursing students.

‘This training program is already getting results,’ said Mr Hogan after a tour of the facility. ‘The feedback I have received from many students who are training here, is that they are considering moving to our community permanently.’

Mr Hogan said the Coalition Government had made a record multi-million dollar investment to boost the availability of training and placement opportunities in regional areas to encourage the next generation of health professionals to live and work in regional Australia.

‘This significant investment in the UCRH and facilities here in Lismore is testament to the fantastic work being delivered in the region,’ said Dr Gillespie.

‘I’m particularly pleased to see that Lismore UCRH is developing an Aboriginal high schools program that will focus on bringing Aboriginal school children with an interest in a health career on board to expand their opportunities in health care and provide mentors.’

Dr Gillespie says that as part of the government’s announcement about the investment in the University of Sydney’s rural health program, $51.7 million is being allocated over three calendar years through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) program to support health training across a range of rural locations, including the UCRH in Lismore.



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