SQRH is a collaboration between the University of Southern Queensland, University of Queensland, Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service, and South-West Hospital and Health Service.
USQ Professor Glen Coleman, Executive Dean of the University’s Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, joined other dignitaries for the opening yesterday (November 20).
Attending a ceremony in Charleville, Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said the project would provide significant long-term health care support to the Charleville community and the wider region.
“This investment will not only be an economic boost for Charleville but will be the catalyst for training the next generation of medical professionals for regional Australia,” he said.
“An investment like this is not just bricks and mortar, it also provides a base for various health stakeholders to collaborate and deliver diverse learning opportunities for health students.
“This training site helps to bridge the urban-rural divide, paving the way for students from urban Australia to take this opportunity, challenge themselves and get involved with health in the bush.”
Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton said the opening represented a major milestone in the development of the future rural health workforce in South West Queensland.
“By building great facilities in rural settings like Charleville, we are helping deliver high quality clinical training opportunities for nurses and allied health professionals right here in South West,” Minister Coulton said.
“We know by growing the ranks of rurally-trained health professionals, we are ensuring a more stable and viable rural workforce in the future.
“The more we can provide quality training opportunities in the bush, the better chance we have of getting quality health professionals to consider it as a career destination of choice.
“That’s why the Australian Government has invested $2.5 million in this facility through the Rural Health Multi-disciplinary Training (RHMT) program.
“Training opportunities in the South West are outstanding and I congratulate the work of Southern Queensland Rural Health for increasing student training opportunities in the remote South West,” Mr Coulton said.
The new facility boasts a fully equipped clinical simulation lab, telehealth studios, clinical consultation rooms as well as videoconferencing equipped training rooms, meeting rooms, staff offices and an outdoor education area.
SQRH engages with South West Hospital and Health Service; Royal Flying Doctor Service Charleville; Charleville and Western Areas Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health; Cunnamulla Aboriginal Corporation for Health; and other community stakeholders to increase the number of students able to access invaluable rural and remote health experiences.
Banner - Associate Professor Geoff Argus (SQRH), David Littleproud, Karen Tully (South West Hospital and Health Service), Professor Bruce Abernethy (UQ), Professor Glen Coleman (USQ), Matt Boyd (South West Hospital and Health Service), Annette Scott (Darling Downs Health) and Derek Tuffield OAM (SQRH Advisory Board)