Rural training push in NSW hospitals

ALLIED health students will train alongside medical students in three southeast NSW hospitals in a scheme to help broaden the rural health workforce.

The University of Canberra-led project has secured $17 million in federal funding to build clinical training facilities and student accommodation at hospitals in Cooma and Moruya and at a new one under construction in Bega.

Professor Diane Gibson, dean of UC’s health faculty, says the project is about “taking the long view” of rural health and community needs.

“When we design hospitals, we focus on the staff and patients,” she