Victoria University has been successful in gaining $22.9 million under the Federal Government's Structural Adjustment Fund to enhance health education and provision of health services in Melbourne's west.
The money will be spent to develop a purpose-built inter-professional health clinic run by students at Victoria University's Werribee campus.
This investment will complement the $18 million the University has committed to similar clinics at St Albans and Footscray.
Victoria University's Inter-professional Education approach will provide structured opportunities for trainee doctors, nurses, paramedics and other professionals to learn and practice together in cross disciplinary teams. The student-led clinics will be under academic and practitioner supervision and will allow students to fine tune their clinical skills while providing much needed health services to the community.
Victoria University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Dawkins said: "This initiative will enable the introduction of Inter-professional Education across the University's health disciplines.
"It will deliver innovative curricula changes across the University's health-related awards and enhanced pathways between disciplines. These changes will be supported by the introduction of tele-presence delivery technologies whereby clinics and classrooms will be electronically connected.
"This Werribee clinic will be accessible to the public. It will be linked to similar existing clinics at St Albans campus and at Footscray (Whitten Oval), and complement existing health care provision by working collaboratively with partners in the western region."
Victoria University's Werribee campus is located in the City of Wyndham which has recently experienced large and rapid population growth while western Melbourne is experiencing a serious shortage of health professionals.
Professor Dawkins said: "International and Australian research and practice endorses this approach as one that strengthens health systems, improves health levels and assists in mitigating the global health workforce shortage."
Christine White, General Manager, Communications, Marketing & Communications, Victoria University, (03) 9919 4322; 0434 602 884, firstname.lastname@example.org