UON welcomes additional $12.5 million investment in Central Coast Medical School
The University of Newcastle (UON) welcomes today’s announcement by the Treasurer, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP, and Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks MP, of an additional $12.5m investment in the Central Coast Medical School.
The operational and transitional funding will be included in the 2017-18 Budget and will be provided over a five-year period. It adds to the previous combined investment of $72.5m by the Federal ($32.5m) and NSW ($20m) Governments and the University of Newcastle ($20m).
Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen said today’s announcement represented another key investment by the Government in the development of world-class education facilities for the Central Coast region.
“The new UON Central Coast Medical School creates outstanding new opportunities for the region, not only in linking the world’s best medical education and research to the Coast but also in delivering the graduates to meet the region’s future workforce and healthcare needs,” said Professor McMillen.
“As we prepare for our first intake of medical students on the Central Coast in 2020, today’s investment will ensure we are able to secure world leading clinicians, educators and public health professionals to deliver medical and health education programs which meet the needs of the Central Coast community.”
Professor McMillen said that the project would also leverage the major investment by the NSW Government in the expansion of Gosford Hospital to build the future medical and health workforce with the Central Coast Local Health District.
“The co-location of the Medical School within the Gosford Hospital precinct offers a remarkable opportunity to work with partners to meet the demand for the future health professional workforce on the Central Coast.”
The investment of $12.5m will support operational and transitional costs as the medical and allied health school is developed in its new location on the Central Coast.
An affiliated and co-located Health and Medical Research Institute will also engage with healthcare partners across the Coast to focus on research into the delivery of integrated healthcare in the region.
Professor McMillen acknowledged the support of the government and the partners who have worked to shape the project since 2014.
“I would like to thank the Government and in particular Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson, who has consistently championed the establishment of the Central Coast Medical School since its inception,” said Professor McMillen.