WA universities will set up new rural health departments and regional training hubs in the Kimberley.

The University of Notre Dame and University of WA received a share of $54.4 million in Federal Government funding through its Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program aimed at lifting the country’s rural health workforce.

Only three new rural health departments are being funded across the nation with one of them, to be run by Notre Dame, being set up in Broome.

Vast stretches of land separate the communities of the Kimberley.Picture: WA News

UWA intends to set up a regional training hub to service the Pilbara and Kimberley.

UWA Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences executive dean Wendy Erber said its new regional training hub would provide improved recruitment as well as retention of medical graduates and medical specialists to regional, rural and remote areas of the State.

“This will benefit regional and communities by providing them with better local health care,” she said.

“This is a great outcome as the university celebrates 60 years since the establishment of the UWA Medical School.”

Assistant Minister for Health David Gillespie said the new training facilities were essential for the future of the regional health workforce. “These hubs will work with local health services to help move medical students through the pipeline, enabling students to continue rural training through university into postgraduate medical training, and then working within rural Australia,” Mr Gillespie said.

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