Students benefit from NBN based projects

The University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine have received funding to take part in a pilot program for innovative online education and training programs via the National Broadband Network (NBN).

The project will use existing University infrastructure to deliver telehealth skills training and virtual classes to graduate students training to become medical practitioners in regional, rural and remote Australia This project is part of the $27.1 million initiative which will harness new technologies to improve educational outcomes for students.

“The successful projects will help increase the learning potential of students and broaden the skill-set of teachers by tapping into new technologies,” Ms Bird said.

“Thanks to this program, primary schools, high schools, TAFEs and universities across Australia will be able to participate in 12 online education and training projects linked by the NBN.”

The University of Wollongong Graduate School of Medicine received $806,757 of Federal government funding for the Telehealth Skills Training and Implementation Project.

The project supports the National Digital Economy Strategy Goal for Expanded Online Education including support for direction in the Health Service Delivery agreement. The project targets quality in higher education in medical skills training for health professionals in regional areas.

"These projects will provide Australian students with the tools required for success in today’s digital world,” Mr Jones said.

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