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Speech at the funding announcement of medical training facility at Geelong, Deakin University

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THE HON CATHERINE KING MP Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing




Good afternoon everyone. Before beginning my remarks I would like to acknowledge the Wathaurong People, the traditional custodians of the land on which we are meeting, and pay my respect to their elders, both past and present.

• I also acknowledge: o Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor Deakin University and other senior team members o Dr Philip Williams, President of Epworth HealthCare Board of Management and other senior team members o My parliamentary colleagues

Darren Cheeseman MP, Member for Corangamite Richard Marles MP, Member for Corio

Thank you for inviting me here today to mark the beginning of a partnership to benefit the community in the future and create a facility to assist our younger generations to pursue careers in health.

I am happy to announce that the Australian Government will provide up to $5 million to construct a dedicated education precinct and ward-based training facility within a new private hospital development at Geelong.

This will be linked to Deakin University’s Medical School at Waurn Ponds and a planned regional community health hub. It will include a simulation centre, tutorial rooms, lecture theatre and student lounges.

The project will become an important centre for research across a range of health sciences. It will benefit undergraduate and postgraduate students across the disciplines of medicine, nursing and midwifery, and psychology.

Epworth HealthCare will lead this project with Deakin University as a key partner. Epworth HealthCare will contribute up to $2.8m towards the cost of the project.

Epworth HealthCare and Deakin University believe that linking academic teaching and research to day-to-day hospital activities

The new hospital development will include integrated teaching facilities within clinical areas to promote practice-based learning and maximise clinical placements. Operating theatres will be wired through to the education areas so that students will


be able to view live cases.

The inclusion of technology to facilitate access to tele-teaching will support Epworth and Deakin’s objective of expanding teaching opportunities to remote and rural locations.

Epworth HealthCare has estimated that these facilities should be completed by April 2013, with training commencing in May 2013.

The funding is provided under the Australian Government’s $90 million Innovative Clinical Teaching and Training Grants program to boost the number of clinical teaching and training opportunities available around Australia.

The projects are part of the Australian Government’s health reforms and will increase substantially the number of training opportunities to support the long-term sustainability of the nation’s health workforce.

The grants will help to ensure that all current health professional students are able to undertake the clinical training placements necessary to complete their qualification.

The grants will expand training in a variety of settings and incorporate innovative training models in non-traditional settings such as private practices and private hospitals, community health services, small public hospitals, mobile clinics and primary schools.

This project is in addition to the Australian Government’s provision to Victoria of up to $6.5 million for an additional 1200 clinical training placements.

As part of the our health reforms over the next five years, the Australian Government will invest a total of $7.4 billion in more doctors, more nurses, more hospital beds and shorter waiting times for all Australians.

The reforms will achieve better quality health care in primary health, hospitals and aged care by: o helping patients receive more seamless care across sectors of the health system; o improving the quality of care patients receive through high performance standards and improved engagement of local clinicians, and o providing a secure funding base for health and hospitals into the future.

The Australian Government is working with other governments and with the community to transform Australia’s health system.

To the students and graduates who will soon be studying and working in this new training facility, there has never been a better and more exciting time to be working in the Australian health system.

I look forward to this new training facility being an important part of the brighter future

Thank you.