$6.6M to support new medical degrees

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THE University of Melbourne’s Shepparton campus is getting a multi-million dollar boost, which will provide support for a new rural medical school program.

The $6.6M in funding will support aspiring doctors to undertake medical training locally in the Goulburn Valley, through the expansion of student accommodation to house medical students for the first year of their degree. It will also fund additional teaching, learning, conference and office spaces on campus.

Minister for Regional Services, Senator Bridget McKenzie said, “This is transformational for aspiring rural doctors to study and train locally in the regions.

“The new program will offer 30 Commonwealth-supported medical places each year from 2022.”

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum said, “This investment is exactly what we need to support Goulburn Valley residents who wish to pursue medical studies.

“It will support local students to undertake the majority of their medical training right here in Shepparton – which means they will be more likely to stay here, building up the local health workforce, when they complete their studies.”