HEALTHY OUTLOOK: Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash chats with a young patient at the about to be opened Coffs Harbour GP medical training hub.
HEALTHY OUTLOOK: Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash chats with a young patient at the about to be opened Coffs Harbour GP medical training hub.

Medical training hub ready

WITH the Coffs Harbour GP medical training hub due to be operational within weeks, the Federal Minister for Rural Health visited Coffs Harbour to take a tour of the facility.

CHC Medical will open its expanded student medical training facilities adjacent to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus jointly-funded by a $210,000 Federal Government grant.

“Training and retaining doctors in regional and remote areas is one of the greatest challenges to our health system,” Minister Fiona Nash said.

“The Federal Government is investing in facilities to ensure a new generation of doctors are trained in rural and remote areas, and hopefully stay on to live and work in our regional centres.”

Other practices awarded funding include Star Street Medical Centre at Macksville and the Beach St Family Practice and GP Training at Woolgoolga.

CHC Medical has expanded from two to 12 doctors in the past year, supported by three nurses and seven administrative staff.

The $52.5m Rural and Regional Teaching Infrastructure Grants (RRTIG) program funds upgrades to existing regional doctor surgeries to accommodate training facilities for medical students and supervising registrars.

WHAT’S NEW

The expanded CHC Medical Student and General Practice Registrar Training Facility will include consultation rooms, a study lounge and minor surgery treatment rooms, increasing its capacity to train up to 12 medical students and three registrars.



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