Mobile medical training pledge

SOUTHERN Cross University will get a $1.4 million mobile medical training unit if Labor wins the election.

Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Mark Butler, made the announcement yesterday at the opening of SCU’s new $4.2 million health clinic.

“By travelling out to regional and rural areas, the mobile simulation clinical training unit will provide more opportunities for training indigenous medical students, and improve health services for our indigenous communities,” he said.

Head of SCU’s school for health and human sciences, Iain Graham, said the mobile unit would enhance the training opportunities available to students.

“Research has shown that facilities like this better equip students for delivering healthcare when they enter the workforce,” he said.

“This facility will be fitted out with some of the most up-to-date and effective simulation training devices – such as programmable mannequins – and offer our students access to training experiences that would otherwise not be available.”

Mr Butler said the Government opened competitive grant applications for the mobile units 12 months ago with only 13 submissions, or 10 per cent, successful.



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