Consortium to improve healthcare in rural and remote areas
Curtin University is part of an exciting new venture between five Australian universities to improve the recruitment and retention of medical, dental, nursing and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia.
Curtin, the University of Notre Dame, Charles Darwin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University will establish the Kimberley University Department of Rural Health (KUDRH) at Notre Dame’s Broome campus.
The KUDRH will provide rural training experiences for health students, and develop an evidence base for the efficacy of rural training strategies in delivering rural health outcomes. It will increase the number of rural origin health and medical students, and support existing rural health professionals to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.
Professor Lorna Rosenwax, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, represents Curtin on the project. Professor Rosenwax attended the launch, planning workshops and the 2017 Nulungu Reconciliation Lecture, Valuing Indigenous People in Climate Change, on the 24 and 25 August at the University of Notre Dame’s Broome Campus.
The KUDRH will begin operating in 2018.