The Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, says he is delighted that the Curtin Medical School in Midland has been given the green light by the Coalition and WA State Government.
Mr Porter has been a strong advocate of the medical school, which will have a wide reaching benefit, particularly for those living in regional areas on the outskirts of Perth and into the Wheatbelt.
“This is a project I have been supporting for some time because I know the enormous potential it has to encourage regional students in Pearce into a medical career and for those students to go back and service regional and rural-metropolitan communities,” Mr Porter said.
“The school will contribute to supporting the health needs of the Western Australian community and rural locations will be serviced by well qualified, highly-trained health professionals.”
Mr Porter said the Coalition would commit about $20million toward the project, the State Government would provide about $22million and Curtin University would fund the remaining project of at least $60million.
“Western Australia has fewer doctors per head of population than the rest of Australia,” Mr Porter said.
“About 38 per cent of our doctors are trained overseas, compared to a figure of 26 per cent nation-wide.”
Curtin University will offer a new five-year undergraduate, direct-entry medical programme that will select and train students to work in areas of need around Western Australia.
When the school reaches full capacity in 2022, it will provide 110 new places per year.
The Western Australian Government will ensure that these students receive the further training they require once they have completed their medical school studies. It will provide new clinical training and supervision, internships and specialist training places for all students of the new school.
This will be in addition to current training and internships provided to students of other medical schools in Western Australia.