$25 million boost for rural health workforce in Northern Queensland

Liberal Party of Australia

A re-elected Morrison Joyce Government will invest an additional $25 million into rural health in Queensland to boost the rural health and medical workforce.

As part of this funding an additional 20 Commonwealth Supported Medical Training Places will be made available at James Cook University in Cairns.

The Morrison Government is committed to delivering quality healthcare for Australians in our regions and rural and remote communities.

That’s what our 10-Year Stronger Rural Health Strategy is all about.

This new funding commitment will support the costs of the additional training places in Cairns and necessary funding to support education, training and placement of doctors in local hospitals in Northern Queensland.

This will give more Australians the opportunity to study and become a doctor in far North Queensland from 2023.

Studying and training in rural and regional areas has proven to lead to doctors living in and practicing in rural areas.

As part of our 10-Year Stronger Rural Health Strategy the Coalition Government is delivering $1 billion to boost rural health with $296.5 million in the 2022-23 Budget and $146 million in additional funding announced recently, building on the original $550 million investment in the 2018-19 Budget.

The Coalition Government provided significant funding in the recent budget to boost medical training and education opportunities in rural and regions, including 80 additional Commonwealth Supported Places so more students can study medicine at rural campuses.

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