Federal Member for Flynn, Colin Boyce has welcomed the pending construction of the Emerald Rural Health Training Centre.

“I was proud to stand alongside the former Regional Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie and former Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd back in 2022 when this initiative was first announced under the Coalition Government,” Mr Boyce said.

“This health training centre will mean residents in the Central Highlands and beyond will be able to study locally.

“The new facility will improve the distribution of health workforce in the region and provide more access to healthcare professionals for local patients.

“The facility will be run by JCU’s Central Queensland Centre for Rural and Remote Health in partnership with Emerald Medical Group.

“University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) will support a wide range of university placements while providing increased community access to healthcare services in the region.

“The UDRH will be a world-class clinical teaching facility and offer advanced communications technology, ensuring that distance is no barrier to undertaking clinical training.

“Currently co-located inside the Emerald Medical Clinic, the Centre provides support for up to 20 students on placements, with the UDRH expected to help boost that number.

“I look forward to visiting the facility when final construction is complete.”

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