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$12 million funding for Coffs Harbour allied health campus

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24 June 2016


Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker has announced a Coalition Government will invest $12 million in the development of a new allied health facility and health clinic.

This grant will fund Stage One of a new Allied Health Building at Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus, enabling new courses including speech pathology and occupational therapy. A course in paramedics is also being considered.

The new facility will complement existing health courses including nursing and midwifery, psychological science and sport and exercise science.

“This announcement cements Coffs Harbour’s growing reputation as a premier regional medical training and education hub,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

“The allied health facility will greatly expand the breadth of medical and allied health studies available in the Coffs Coast region. It is a known fact that health professionals who train in regional areas are more likely to stay and work in these areas.

“This announcement builds on the Coalition Government’s investment in education and health across the region, such as the Coffs Harbour Hospital and Port Macquarie’s UNSW Rural Clinical School.”

Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee said the announcement was an exciting day for Southern Cross University and the entire Coffs Coast community.

“This funding will enable us to proceed with the first stage of our allied health building, paving the way for new courses and facilities for students and the community,” Professor Lee said.

“We will introduce degrees in speech pathology and occupational therapy and establish the SCU Health Clinic, an innovative model of providing community care and professional experience for our students.”

Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight said the Allied Health Centre had been a collaborative project which would draw people to the region.

“When a city such as Coffs Harbour offers more educational and training opportunities, it enhances its desirability as a place to live, invest and raise a family,” Cr Knight said.

Chamber of Commerce President George Cecato said it was important to have investment in Coffs Harbour infrastructure and educational facilities.

“This is a significant boost to the Coffs Harbour business sector; there will be jobs created and many opportunities to directly and indirectly get involved in the construction and operational phases of the Allied Health Centre,” Mr Cecato said.

SCU Coffs Harbour Head of Campus Professor David Lynch said the University contributes around $36.1 million in gross regional product to the economy and this project will bring with it new jobs, in the construction phase and beyond.

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