Universities welcome new support

Proposed Murray Darling medical school gains community praise

La Trobe and Charles Sturt

La Trobe University and Charles Sturt University have welcomed the support of Liberal Candidate for Bendigo Greg Bickley for their proposed Murray Darling Medical School.

The universities last week announced a tertiary education alliance to address skills shortages in the Murray-Darling Basin. The first priority of the partnership will be working to help address the rural doctors shortage.

La Trobe University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said the aim of the partnership was to provide a simple, practical and proven solution to a problem that has plagued rural Australians for more than 40 years.

'We have enjoyed the opportunity to talk through the proposal with Greg. We appreciate his support and his efforts in raising this matter with Shadow Health Minister Peter Dutton,' Professor Dewar said.

'We have also been heartened by the strong support for our proposal from rural communities right across regional Victoria and southern New South Wales since launching this partnership.'
Charles Sturt University Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann said the standard of health services and workforce shortages were among the top issues faced by rural and regional communities.

'The Murray Darling Medical School is an innovative partnership that will provide a genuinely regional solution to a regional problem,' Professor Vann said.

'This is a great opportunity for rural and regional communities to join together to deliver a local solution to a local challenge.'

Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University have announced plans to seek support from the Federal Government to establish a multi-campus medical school based in Bendigo, Orange and Wagga Wagga to address rural doctor shortages across the central and southern Murray-Darling Basin.

Media contacts:
La Trobe University 
Tim Mitchell 0437 457 780  or t.mitchell@latrobe.edu.au

Charles Sturt University 
Mark O’Brien 0427 414 772 or mobrien@csu.edu.au