A Regional Training Hub currently being developed in Mount Isa will enhance training pathways and help retain medical professionals in rural and regional locations, Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald said today.
Senator Macdonald said significant progress has been made in establishing the new training hub in collaboration with James Cook University.
“It is wonderful to see James Cook University partner with the Federal Government and regional health and medical providers to help create vocational and career paths for medical students in Mount Isa,” Senator Macdonald said.
“One of the greatest challenges in regional areas is the training and retention of doctors and allied health professionals, so it is imperative that we provide training and pathways that allow those students who want to study and work in these communities, to do so.”
Senator Macdonald said the Mount Isa hub will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop the training pathways.
“Supporting rural health training is also an important way to address rural health workforce shortages, and will help the Coalition Government deliver on its commitment to provide first rate health and medical services to all Australians – regardless of where you live.”
Senator Macdonald said the Mount Isa hub, one of 26 around the country, will receive initial funding of around $1million to 31 December, 2018.