Multimillion-dollar health boost for Geelong
Residential property dwellers of Geelong will reap the benefits of a new state government initiative to improve education options in the region.
Assistant treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips said the recently opened Regional and Community Health Hub (REACH) building at Deakin University's Waurn Ponds campus will boost opportunities for medical students in Geelong.
The three level facility, which will accommodate 1,500 students, will offer a range of new teaching programs such as clinical optometry, exercise and sports science and medical imaging.
"REACH will respond to health workforce challenges in regional and rural Australia, particularly for professional optometrists, radiographers and exercise scientists," Mr Rich-Phillips remarked.
The assistant treasurer went on to say that the education centre will boast state-of-the-art education programs through its e-learning service, which connects practitioners and tertiary institutions for the purpose of clinical training health professionals.
"As part of the development of the region, we appreciate the growing importance of education in the Geelong area, which Deakin University serves so well," Mr Rich-Phillips added.
The new health facility is part of the state government's $15 million Geelong Development Fund, which is designed to bolster employment levels and deliver community infrastructure in the region.