New Wodonga Student Accommodation

An official sod-turning event will be held on Thursday, September 8 to celebrate the commencement of construction works for additional student accommodation at La Trobe University’s Albury-Wodonga campus.

WodongaThe new Wodonga Student Accommodation facility will provide 28 new students beds by May 2012 as part of the La Trobe Rural Health School project.

The $3.4 million works on the University’s A-W campus form part of the $75.8 million La Trobe Rural Health School project funding, of which $59.5 million is being funded by the Federal Government’s from the Education Investment Fund.

Professor Lin Crase, Campus Director, La Trobe University Albury-Wodonga Campus, said the new accommodation will complement the existing on-campus accommodation.

‘Studies show that students who study at regional campuses are much more likely to work in regional locations after they qualify,’ said Professor Crase.

‘The new residential accommodation will make it easier for people to study at a regional campus and, ultimately, this will help address critical skill shortages in the region.’

Head of the La Trobe Rural Health School (LRHS) and Professor in Rural and Regional Health Policy, Professor Jane Farmer, said the new student accommodation is an integral component of the University’s plan to drive the future of health education in Northern Victoria.

In rural Victoria, seventy per cent of the current health workforce is over 45 and expected to retire in the next five to ten years, creating a significant healthcare gap.

‘The recent establishment of LRHS and the new accommodation enables us to offer about 750 additional student places, resulting in an extra 200 graduates each year to tackle critical healthcare worker shortages across rural Victoria,’ Professor Farmer said.

Professor Farmer said students undertaking courses such as Nursing and Midwifery, Public Health, Dentistry, Oral Health, Social Work, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedicine and Human Biosciences will benefit from the facilities being built for the La Trobe Rural Health School.

‘The student accommodation will provide safe, quality accommodation that will support students while they gain a broad range of experience in regional health and human service organisations,’ said Professor Farmer.

The building contract for the new Wodonga Student Accommodation facility has been awarded to Zauner Construction.