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29 January 2014

Health Training Expansion

More medicine, nursing and allied health students will be able to complete a key part of their clinical training following the expansion of the UnitingCare Clinical School at Wesley Hospital in Brisbane.

The Commonwealth Government provided over $3 million in funding to expand clinical training at Wesley Hospital. This includes more than $2.5 million for the clinical school, which officially opens today.

The expansion of the school will allow an additional 280 students per year to develop their clinical skills through on-the-job training in a modern, fully equipped clinical environment, and finish a necessary step before they can work professionally.

“Students cannot practice or work in a professional capacity without first completing a clinical training placement. This facility means more students can complete this key part of their training,” the Federal Minister for Health Peter Dutton said.

“Students will not only train in a modern space, but they will gain vital, hands-on clinical experience out in the community.

“This will benefit a range of disciplines including medicine, nursing, dietetics, physiotherapy, exercise science, occupational therapy and speech pathology students who will undertake a full placement in a private hospital setting.

“In the past we have concentrated training in the acute wards of public hospitals. By also providing training opportunities in the private, non-government and community sectors students benefit from the experience of different clinical settings.

“Increasing training in hospitals is also rewarding for the clinicians who get to help educate the next generation of health professionals, and we know that teaching facilities ultimately provide better quality care.”

The expansion of the UnitingCare Clinical School is part of the government’s $417 million Clinical Training Funding Programme (CTF) which not only increases the capacity to train students, but gives them clinical experience in the settings where they are required in the future.

“Increasing clinical training placements is an effective way to train the right number of skilled health professionals to ensure a sustainable health workforce,” Mr Dutton said.

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