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Key Gippsland role in Doctor training boost

16 October 2008

Sale and Bairnsdale hospitals will play a key role in helping give on-the-job experience to the new generation of doctors being trained in Gippsland.

Visiting Gippsland for the Parliament sitting at the Monash University campus at Churchill, Health Minister Daniel Andrews announced $1.14 million in funding to help set up teaching infrastructure at the Sale and Bairnsdale hospitals.

"The Brumby Government is taking action to support the next generation of Victoria's medical workforce," Mr Andrews said.

"We've committed $52.5 million since 2006 to support clinical training for extra medical students – most of it in regional Victoria."

Central Gippsland Health Service at Sale will receive $550,000 for information technology supports for students, including tutorial rooms and a skills lab that will help train medical and nursing students.

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service will get $590,000 to establish upgraded and other teaching facilities.

Mr Andrews said the infrastructure would help cater for the big boost in medical students now being trained at Monash University Gippsland.

"There are 59 medical students who have enrolled at Monash Gippsland this year, and work needs to be done to ensure there are clinical training placements available across Gippsland from 2010 onwards as they continue through their courses," he said.

"A further 75 students are expected to enrol for the first time next year, so Gippsland will clearly play a major role in helping to ensure enough doctors are being trained to meet Victoria's health needs in the future."

"The Government has already committed $5.1 million in infrastructure funding to health services in Gippsland to enable them to cater for students, including funding for Peninsula Health where the students will do their metropolitan rotation."

"The funding to Sale and Bairnsdale will help extend the network of major hospitals across Gippsland which will play a key role in on-the-job training."

Mr Andrews said the Brumby Government was committed to a major upgrade of training facilities in hospitals and universities across the state as part of a push to train more Victorian doctors.

"This is a significant step forward in establishing the on-site teaching needs of medical students," he said.

The Brumby Government has recruited more than 2500 doctors and 8800 nurses to the Victorian health system since 1999.

Skeleton at Gippsland