Member for Barker Tony Pasin is pleased to announce that work is progressing on the establishment of the Limestone Coast Regional Training Hub which will provide medical students the ability to study, work and live in Mount Gambier and Renmark.
The Limestone Coast Regional Training Hub is based at Mount Gambier and has a satellite site in the Riverland.
“The main hub and the satellite will work with healthcare providers, specialist colleges and local health authorities to develop training pathways for future doctors, starting with medical students,” Mr Pasin said.
“The regional training hub will enable more training to be undertaken in the Limestone Coast and Riverland regions so medical graduates can remain in these communities while they continue to train to become fully qualified doctors, rather than go to cities where the bulk of this training currently occurs.”
The majority of staff for the Limestone Coast Regional Training Hub will be based in Mount Gambier, with part-time staff in Renmark to support medical students and trainees in the Riverland.
Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie, said that significant progress has been made in establishing the Hub, and Flinders University will develop postgraduate clinical supervision models to support training in particular specialties.
“Flinders University has signed on to the project, and is meeting with local health and medical providers about this new program,” Minister Gillespie said.
Member for Barker, Mr Tony Pasin MP said each hub, including the Mount Gambier Regional Training Hub will receive initial funding of around $1 million to 31 December 2018.
“This initiative will create more jobs within the University, and training investments like Regional Training Hubs are essential to retaining the health workforce of Mount Gambier and Renmark into the future,” Mr Pasin 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.”
Contact: Courtney Stephens in Mr Pasin’s Office (08) 8531 2466