Uni backing boosts medical education

Uni backing boosts medical education
Medical students in Grafton and Maclean have received a significant boost to their educational facilities, thanks to a funding grant from the University of Wollongong (UoW).

Staff, students and community members can now access new equipment, resources and educational support infrastructure as a result of this recent funding.

The $60,000 grant from UoW has enabled an unused area at Maclean District Hospital to be converted into a dedicated computer and study space, and the installation of new video conference equipment, library books and a renovated education space at Aruma Community Health (Grafton).

“We are extremely thankful for the upgraded facilities, they have made a real difference to the education we can deliver locally,” Clarence Health Services General Manager, Dan Madden said.

The University of Wollongong has a strong focus on attracting medical students with rural or regional backgrounds. In collaboration with the North Coast University Centre for Rural Health, UoW has been placing medical students in the Clarence Valley region for 12-month clinical placements since 2009, with many of them choosing to live and work in regional areas after graduating.

While on placement in the Clarence Valley, senior medical students spend time at Grafton and Maclean Hospitals and local General Practices, as well as immersing themselves in the local community.

UoW Regional Academic Leader Dr Alastair McInnes, said the students on placement have a real impact on the local workforce and the community.

“They become an asset over their 12 month stay,” Dr McInnes said.

Hosting medical students in the region not only drives resource and infrastructure upgrades, but also has a positive impact on the local medical workforce.

“The enthusiasm and dedication the medical students bring is inspiring and often encourages our existing workforce to continually improve on their own skills and knowledge,” Dr McInnes said.

For more information on UoW medical student training in the region, contact Greta Enns on (02) 6641 8903.

For information on UoW’s Clarence Valley Regional Training Hub – supporting rural training pathways for medical graduates in the region, contact Joanne Chad on (02) 4221 8349.

Pictured above, left to right from back: Medical students Felix Loschetter, Jack Archer, Matthew McHugh and Keiran Davies, Clarence Valley Regional training Hub Director of Medical Education Dr Jean Collie, UoW Placement facilitator Greta Enns, Clarence Valley Regional training Hub program coordinator Joanne Chad (front L) and Manager of Community Health Jane Wear.

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