More doctors and nurses to be trained in Western Sydney

Prime Minister Julia Gillard today officially opened a new training centre in Blacktown that will play a key role in training more doctors and nurses for Western Sydney.

The Gillard Labor Government has contributed $20.6 million to build the University of Western Sydney Blacktown Mt Druitt Clinical School in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.

The Prime Minister was joined by Health Minister Nicola Roxon at the opening along with Western Sydney Federal MPs Michelle Rowland, Julie Owens, Ed Husic and Chris Hayes.

Ms Rowland said we want to make it easier for people to see a doctor or nurse when they need one and the new Clinical School will mean more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals on the ground where they’re needed in western Sydney region.

“We know that if students train in Blacktown, they are more likely to stay in Blacktown and serve the community.”

“Western Sydney is one of the fastest growing centres in Australia and the Blacktown Clinical School will see an increase in the numbers of doctors and nurses trained and working locally,” said Ms Rowland.

Mr Husic said the new medical simulation technology is world class, comparable to equipment used at Harvard University.

“This is a shot in the arm for building up local healthcare skills among the communities of Western Sydney.

“These world class facilities will offer training opportunities for doctors as well as nursing and allied health students,” said Mr Husic.

The $20.6 million of Commonwealth funding for the new training facilities was provided from the Health and Hospitals Fund and the Department of Education Employment Capital Development Pool.

The Health and Hospitals Fund is the single largest investment in health infrastructure ever made by an Australian Government.

It is a key part of the Government’s reform agenda to reshape Australia’s health care system for the future.

* Joint media release with Federal Member for Greenway, Michelle Rowland

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