Turn local kids into local doctors
There are critical doctor shortages across the Murray Darling region that must be addressed. The Murray Darling Medical School will train local kids who want to stay close to their family and friends after they graduate, with a tailored education so they provide the health services needed by our regional and rural communities.
Supporting Local Health Services
People living in regional NSW and Victoria deserve access to the same level of healthcare as people living in the cities, including more doctors.
However, only about 10% of medical graduates from metropolitan medical schools end up working in our regions.
The Murray Darling Medical School will address doctor shortages in our region by turning local kids into local doctors.
The proposed medical school will have campuses in Orange, Bendigo and Wagga Wagga and Rural Medical Training Centres in 16 other rural and regional centres.
- 80% of places at the Murray Darling Medical School will be guaranteed to students genuinely from regional, rural and remote areas.
- We will train students who express a preference for regional or rural practice.
- Training students locally will ensure they maintain community ties and build skill sets suitable for regional or rural practice.
Rural students who undertake extended periods of training in a rural area are four times more likely to work in rural practice. When they study at the Murray Darling Medical School, they will practice medicine in our region. Let’s turn our local kids into local doctors.
Delivered by an experienced team
Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University already provide the health workforce for the Murray Darling region. We know from experience that students who train in regional settings are more likely to work regionally.
We already train quality healthcare professionals, including paramedics, nurses, dentists and psychologists.
Up to 85% of Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University health science graduates currently live and work in our region. Through the Murray Darling Medical School, we will train doctors for the region too.
The Murray Darling Medical School will model itself on the successful and only outer regional medical school in Australia at James Cook University. Our curriculum will prepare our doctors for regional practice so our community gets the health care it deserves.
Doctor shortages in rural and regional Australia are nothing new. Governments have been seeking a solution for a long time.
Independent modelling by PPB Advisory has found the Murray Darling Medical School will be three to five times more cost efficient (in terms of Commonwealth Supported Places expenditure) than metropolitan universities in training doctors who will work in regional or rural Australia. On average, around 50% of doctors trained locally through the Murray Darling Medical School will stay local.
A regionally focused medical school will bring $2 billion in additional benefits to the Murray Darling region. By increasing the supply and availability of doctors, the School will:
- Improve health outcomes in regional communities.
- Generate jobs in regional Australia.
- Improve the vibrancy and breadth of education for local students.
The Murray Darling Medical School will be more cost efficient and effective in increasing the number of rural and regional doctors.
For more information on the economic impact of the Murray Darling Medical School, see the independent economic impact analysis by PPB Advisory.