Construction progress on the $8 million stage 1
community health clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton
has been given the big 'thumbs up' by State Member for
Keppel, Bruce Young.
When complete, the $24 million investment in Allied
Health will provide a training ground for CQUniversity
students while treating as many as 160 patients each day.
Stage 1 of the facility, which is being built with
Commonwealth funding from Health Workforce Australia, is
due for completion in July this year. The facility
will work very closely with the State Government to deliver
critical Allied Health services to the community, such as
Oral Health, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy,
Physiotherapy and Podiatry.
Stage 2 works will begin following the merger between the
University and the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE
(CQIT), with the Commonwealth committing an additional $16
million toward the next stage of clinic.
After taking an early look at the still-under-construction
facility today, Mr. Young praised CQUniversity for its
vision in establishing a clinic that would grow the
regional workforce and treat local patients.
"The proposed learning environment will
allow rural and regional students to gain industry
level training, with the opportunity for cross-disciplinary
learning" he said.
"It would be a major boost to regional Queensland if
our next generation of health professionals are going to
graduate work ready, from a regional dual sector university
that is in touch with the needs of its community."
Mr Young voiced his strong support for the clinic and the
proposed $16 million of additional Commonwealth funding it
will receive should CQUniversity's merger with CQIT be
approved by State Government.
"The merger makes complete sense for the region, and
this Public Allied Health Clinic is just one of the many
benefits that will flow to the community when we see a
dual-sector university operating here in Central
"I am also optimistic that
the facility would help alleviate the
critical community shortage of key Allied Health
professionals in the region. The new Allied Health clinic
will provide more regional placement opportunities for
students in these disciplines, and improve retention of
these professionals once they enter the industry. We all
know that if you can train students locally, you retain
graduates locally." "
"It is essential we retain local talent to fill
the workforce shortages we face."
"CQUniversity is exhibiting a real 'can
do' attitude. These sorts of initiatives highlight the
education and training potential of regional Queensland,
and I congratulate the University's vision for becoming
a dual-sector university."
The fully-completed clinic will be thoroughly utilised by
students across the entire suite of Allied Health programs,
which includes occupational therapy, speech pathology, oral
health, physiotherapy, podiatry and health science.
As an added bonus, this state-of-the-art clinic will be
open to public patients from across the local area, making
it a true community asset.