$1.5m plan to train doctors
By ALEX EASTON
A NEW medical training facility will be built next to the Lismore Base Hospital, if the Lismore City Council backs plans by the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University.
The plans, on display at the Lismore City Council's Goonella- bah headquarters, involve a $1.5million redevelopment of the existing University Department of Rural Health at Uralba Street, and new student accommodation at Dalziell Street.
University of Sydney project manager Bruce Litchfield said the redevelopment at Uralba Street would include a new building, University House, which would link buildings at 55 and 61 Uralba Street.
University House would be equipped with a 60-seat lecture theatre, tutorial rooms and video-conferencing facilities.
It would be connected by a landscaped path to two purposebuilt student accommodation houses in Dalziell Street, each designed to house four students.
Mr Litchfield said the universities wanted to expand the number of accommodation places further in the future.
The expanded facility would cater for health students, from across disciplines, from the University of Sydney and the Uni- versity of Tasmania.
The students stay in Lismore for up to eight weeks.
Northern Rivers Area Health Service administrator Chris Crawford said the new facility could ultimately help attract new health professionals to the region.
"Bringing tertiary-level students to the Northern Rivers for training is an excellent way of introducing them to the lifestyle attractions and the professional challenges of this area," he said.