The Australian | 5 September 2013
Deakin and Monash universities are proposing to establish a network of regional medical training centres in Victoria in a direct challenge to rival plans from La Trobe and Charles Sturt for a new regional medical school, the Murray-Darling Medical School.
They are seeking $15 million in federal government capital funding to upgrade facilities at Geelong and Bendigo in order to provide more regionally based training places for medical specialists and general practitioners.
Small training centres would also be established at Warrnambool, Hamilton, Ballarat, Horsham, Colac, Mildura, Castlemaine, Traralgon and Bairnsdale.
Meanwhile Charles Sturt University and La Trobe have said 50,000 people have expressed support for the Murray-Darling Medical School proposal on its Facebook page, and 18,000 have signed a petition.
Establishment of the new school is part of the Nationals policy commitments although the Coalition’s health spokesperson Peter Dutton has said budget constraints will be a factor in considering any new school.