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Even more nursing opportunities in Metro Sydney.



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Media Release

EVEN MORE NURSING OPPORTUNITIES IN METRO SYDNEY

2 August, 2004 MIN 835/04

NURSING PLACES CURRENTLY ON OFFER IN METRO SYDNEY = APPROX. 1,700

NURSING PLACES IN METRO SYDNEY FOLLOWING CHANGES = APPROX. 1,965

Claims that the University of Sydney’s plan to transfer its nursing course to other universities will mean a reduction in nursing places in metropolitan Sydney are incorrect.

In fact, there will be increased opportunities to study nursing in metropolitan Sydney with additional places provided by the Government to be added to those being transferred.

There are currently more than 1,700 undergraduate nursing places offered in metropolitan Sydney through the Australian Catholic University (ACU), the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), and the University of Sydney.

The University of Sydney currently has 275 of these undergraduate nursing places commencing next year and wants to transfer these to ACU and UTS.

The universities argue this will reduce inefficiencies and build on the strategic directions of each university.

I agreed to this proposal only after ensuring that opportunities to study nursing in metropolitan Sydney are not reduced and also that the Indigenous nursing course currently at Sydney University will be maintained.

Under the new arrangement 165 commencing places will be offered through ACU and 110 commencing places will be offered through UTS. UTS and the ACU have highly-regarded nursing undergraduate courses and will continue to ensure the highest possible quality of nursing training.

In addition to this, an extra 40 places will be provided to UTS next year, growing to more than 100 by 2008. A further 60 places will be provided to the University of Notre Dame’s Sydney campus in 2006, which will grow to around 139 by 2008 and 164 by 2010.

This brings the total number of nursing places in metropolitan Sydney to around 1,965 by 2008 and almost 2,000 by 2010.

In universities across Australia the Government has made commitments for new nursing places that will grow to more than 4,500 by 2008.

The Australian Government remains committed to ensuring that a strong well-trained nursing workforce is in place to deliver quality health care now and into the future.

Media contact: Dr Nelson’s Office Ross Hampton 0419 484 095