New facilities opened at University Centre for Rural Health

NEW clinical training facilities at the University Centre for Rural Health in Lismore, were opened today, enabling more medical students to train locally.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said the Nyumbalighu Simulation Centre was another demonstration of the Federal Government's commitment to investing in the health workforce of the future.

"The Australian Government, through Health Workforce Australia (HWA) provided total funding of more than $2.46 million for the simulated learning environment.

"The funding provided for the refurbishment of an existing building on the UCRH site as well as associated staffing, equipment and assets.

"The new facilities will allow more students to have clinical training places in medicine in our region. It's estimated that about 600 students will use the facility in the coming year.

"The Nyumbalighu Simulation Centre is in a perfect position for clinical training, being directly opposite Lismore Base Hospital, one of the benefits of the close liaison between UCRH and Northern NSW Local Health District. 

" I congratulate all those involved in getting this project off the ground.

"Nyumbalighu (Nyoom-balee-gu) is a Bundjalung word meaning 'learning' and the name reinforces the importance of this centre being part of our local area.

"It is important for those in the health workforce to understand the unique health needs of our region.

"We know that the people who train in our area are far more likely to stay, live and work here.

"I strongly supported the project knowing how it would not only improve training but because better training facilities means better health facilities and better health services.

"This facility will advance health care education in this region, training the next generation of health professionals and importantly, improved health care outcomes for all."

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