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CDU EXPERT: Commonwealth supported places for rural-trained medical students will get more doctors to stay where they are needed most, expert says

Charles Darwin University 2 mins read

7 JULY 2023

The Federal Government has announced that universities can now apply for additional Commonwealth supported places for rural-trained medical students, as well as funding for new regional training facilities. CDU Foundation Dean of the CDU Menzies School of Medicine, Professor Dianne Stephens OAM said this is critically needed to help solve the Northern Territory’s medical workforce crisis.

Charles Darwin University (CDU) Foundation Dean CDU Menzies School of Medicine, Professor Dianne Stephens OAM

To arrange an interview please email, or contact Emily Bostock on 0432 417 518.

The following quotes can be attributed to Professor Dianne Stephens:

“The Northern Territory is experiencing a medical workforce crisis and is currently the only jurisdiction in Australia that does not have Commonwealth supported medical places.”

“CDU welcomes the release of this grant for 80 new medical places and will be making an application for 40 of those places to establish the CDU Menzies School of Medicine at the only university headquartered in the NT.”

“The establishment of the CDU Menzies school of Medicine is a critical step to developing a sustainable medical workforce pipeline for the Northern Territory and to improve health outcomes for Territorians.”

“Evidence shows that medical students drawn from the local community and trained locally are more likely to stay local to deliver health services in their region.”

“The CDU Menzies School of Medicine is critical to the development of a sustainable local workforce; it will be a value add to the NT community and will help provide an incentive for students to come and study in the NT.”

“The CDU Menzies School of Medicine will also help to attract senior clinicians into the NT by providing academic and research pathways which will highly benefit the NT community.”

“CDU Menzies School of Medicine will provide increased opportunity for training First Nations doctors in the NT and more First Nations doctors are needed to help improve health outcomes for the NT’s most vulnerable population.”

Contact details:

Emily Bostock, research communications officer

0432 417 518

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