Doctor hub to draw students to rural areas

Medical students in Tamworth will have greater opportunities to live, study and work closer to home following the announcement of a Regional Training Hub to be established in the city.

Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, announced that Tamworth is one of 26 regions across rural and regional areas that will benefit from the Federal Coalition Government’s $28.5 million investment in Regional Training Hubs over 2016-17 to 2018-19, to get more doctors and health professionals into regional Australia.

“Better coordination of medical training through the Regional Training Hubs will help us build the regional health workforce of the future,” Minister Gillespie said.

“I’d particularly like to acknowledge the work and strong advocacy Barnaby Joyce has played in arguing the case for a Regional Training Hub for the region.” 

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the Regional Training Hub will be operated through the University of Newcastle.

“This hub will work with local health services to help move medical students through the pipeline, enabling students to continue rural training through university into postgraduate medical training, and then working within regional and rural Australia,” he said.

Under the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program, $54.4 million has been allocated over 2016-17 to 2018-19 for 26 new Regional Training Hubs and three University Departments of Rural Health.

​“Supporting high quality regional and rural health training is an important way to address rural health workforce shortages,” Minister Gillespie said.