A MURRAY Darling Medical School will address the serious underrepresentation of rural students in medical education, according to Charles Sturt University’s (CSU) head of campus at Wagga.
Miriam Dayhew reaffirmed her commitment to establishing a medical school at the university’s campuses after saying the expansion of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Rural Clinical School wouldn’t boost the number of doctors staying in the bush.
“There is no real basis for comparison between the Murray Darling Medical School proposal and the various reform ideas being promoted by a number of city medical schools,” Ms Dayhew said.
UNSW Rural Clinical School accepts full-time students in years 4, 5, and 6 in its medical training program. It claims to recruit and train medical students, encouraging new doctors to continue their work in the country.
“At $46 million, delivering infrastructure on three campuses, including Wagga and at 19 medical training centres, it is also the most cost-effective plan currently before the government,” the CSU head said. The Murray Darling Medical School is supported by the Nationals.