Research centre opens at Northern Health

La Trobe is a partner in a new ground-breaking educational facility - the Northern Centre for Health Education & Research (NCHER) in Epping, which is a landmark addition to Melbourne's northern suburbs.

State-of-the art facilities which mirror the conditions of real life medical settings, such as a hospital and physiotherapy clinics, will provide research and professional education for 400 health students each year. The centre is providing practical, real life training for the next generation of health professionals. 

La Trobe Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane Long said the facility will provide career opportunities to local students, many of whom will then commit to staying and working in the area.

'This exciting training facility is about innovative multidisciplinary research. It gives our students real world experience with one of the largest health networks in the state. These graduates will help increase a badly needed health workforce in Melbourne's north, which is growing rapidly.

'La Trobe University is committed to addressing these real world issues and excited to be part of this collaboration,' Professor Long said.  

The Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley has officially opened the Centre, which is a partnership between Northern Health, La Trobe University, the University of Melbourne and the Federal and State governments.

The Centre aims to bring lasting benefits to the northern Melbourne community by tailoring education and research to meet the health requirements of the diverse and rapidly growing local population.

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