“The [Murray-Darling Medical School] proposal is a poor solution to existing issues with medical workforce maldistribution, and provides no visible benefits to regional community health access.”
MSCV has again written to State Minister for Health Jill Hennessy following increased speculation and lobbying for a new new medical school in regional Victoria and New South Wales.
The proposal from Charles Sturt and La Trobe Universities will have a minimal impact on retention of doctors within the Mallee region compared to existing schemes. Meanwhile, millions of taxpayers’ dollars could be wasted in establishment & maintenance of this school.
These funds are far better spent funding increasing rural and regional vocational training opportunities. This will allow doctors to remain within these communities during their training, many of whom are currently forced to leave to continue their postgraduate training.
Download our letter here: 20160315-MSCV-to-Health-Minister-re-MDMS-4