Charleville to become rural nurse training hub
A STATE-of-the-art health training facility will be built in Charleville, in a bid to attract the nurses, midwives and allied health professionals of tomorrow to jobs in rural Queensland.
Federal MP David Littleproud and Minister for Regional Development Senator Bridget McKenzie announced the $2.5million project together on Friday, alongside local councillors, members of Southern Queensland Rural Health, and current health students on placement in Charleville.
Senator McKenzie said the centre is supposed to give students a taste of working life in rural Queensland, and encourage them to return once they finish university.
"This is about attracting and retaining health students who intend to work in regional areas, because we know that giving trainees experience of life in a rural community will make it more likely that they will continue to work here or in a similar location after they qualify,” she said.
"The new clinical training facility in Charleville will bring more health professionals to the area, improving local health care services now and into the future.
"It will ensure that Charleville becomes a key location for training of the emerging rural health workforce.”
The facility will house a clinical education simulation room, tutorial and lecture rooms, as well as consulting rooms to support the training of allied health, nursing and midwifery students.
It will also become a permanent base of Southern Queensland Rural Health.
Outside of the heath sector, the project is expected to give an immediate boost to the local economy through the construction stage.