New housing for Shepparton and Albury Wodonga Rural Health students

New student accommodation worth more than $950,000 in Shepparton and $3.4 million in Albury-Wodonga are now open for students enrolling in La Trobe University Rural Health School.

Parliamentary Secretary for Higher Education, Sharon Bird, today opened the new 12 bed student accommodation in Shepparton and the new accommodation for 28 students in Albury-Wodonga.

“Affordable and appropriate student accommodation makes a crucial difference to a student’s chances of graduating,” Ms Bird said.

“The new facilities are specially designed and built for Rural Health School students on placement in local hospitals.

“They are part of more than 286 beds in student accommodation we’ve built across six regional locations in Victoria at a total cost of more than $22 million.”

The Australian Government has delivered the Rural Health School with $59.5 million from the Education Investment Fund (EIF).

“New graduates joining the health workforce to serve regional communities will deliver health and social benefits in large areas of northern Victoria,” Ms Bird said.

Ms Bird said the Rural Health School project will increase the health workforce in northern Victoria by 211 health professional graduates per year.

“The project also includes construction of a health science facility and clinic teaching facility which will be operational in the 2013 academic year,” Ms Bird said.

“This project is another fine example of the Gillard Government’s commitment to expanding higher education opportunities in regional areas.

“We are investing in strategic infrastructure projects that will help to transform Australian tertiary education and research and contribute to the wellbeing of all Australians.”

Since 2007, the Australian Government has committed more than $5 billion to upgrade infrastructure in higher education, vocational education and training and research sectors across Australia.