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D/62 29 November 1972

WESTERN PACIFIC HEALTH TRAINING CENTRE

The Department of Foreign Affairs today announced that the Australian

Government had arranged with the World Health Organization for the establishment

of a Regional Training Centre for Health personnel in the Western Pacific

Region.

The Regional Teachers Training Centre would be established within

the University of N.S.W. and would have a staff headed by a Director. The

Centre would work in close co-operation with the Faculty of Medicine, the

School of Education and the Tertiary Education Research Centre of the

University of N.S.W. It is expected to receive assistance from the staff of

other Australian universities as well as from World Health Organization

consultants from overseas.

The purpose of the Centre was to train teachers in the health

professions in the latest and most effective methods of teaching. The

Department of Foreign Affairs said the Government would assist the University

in providing staff and the World Health Organization would provide fellowships

for staff training as well as for teachers from overseas.

Fellows at the Centre would come from WHO member countries in the

Western Pacific Region, including some S.E. Asian countries, as well as from

Australia and Papua New Guinea. After completing their courses, overseas

fellows would return to work in the training of health personnel in their

own countries.

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The Department said the project would be of direct benefit to all

WHO member countries in the Region and would be a co-operative venture of the

Australian Government, the World Health Organization and the University of

N.S.W.

The first meeting of the Centre’s Co-ordination Committee would be

held at the University of N.S.W. on Friday 1 December under the Chairmanship

of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Rupert H. Myers»