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More training for Tasmanian doctors, nurses & allied health care professionals



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Minister for Health and Ageing

SENATOR CAROL BROWN Senator for Tasmania Deputy Government Whip in the Senate

MEDIA RELEASE

3 June 2011

More Training for Tasmanian Doctors, Nurses & Allied Health Care Professionals

Patients in Hobart and around Tasmania will benefit from increased access to doctors, nurses and allied health workers with the announcement of $89, 650 for the refurbishment of the University of Tasmania’s (UTAS) teaching facilities at St John’s Hospital.

Senator Carol Brown said the funding will help improve clinical education and training infrastructure across Tasmania by establishing an interdisciplinary learning centre, videoconferencing facility and space for clinical supervisors at St Johns Hospital.

“The Gillard Government’s infrastructure projects are enabling us to train more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals where we need them.

“UTAS is delivering a highly skilled health workforce that is the critical backbone of our health system in Tasmania and this funding will enhance their training capacity,” Senator Carol Brown said.

Minister Roxon said the Gillard Government is investing in these learning facilities so that locals can benefit from more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

“We are ensuring training occurs closer to where patients live,” Minister Roxon said.

“This is a great result for our community and I look forward to seeing this new investment come online, particularly as the roll-out of the NBN continues across Tasmania,” Senator Carol Brown said.

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