While officially opening Maryborough District Health Service’s new Centre of Inspired Learning on Friday, Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy, also made the surprise announcement of $4.1 million in funding for the health service to help attract more industry professionals to the region.
The significant Labor Government Regional Health Infra- structure funding will be used for building high quality accommodation and better facilities to attract more students to study or work locally, including a refurbished kitchen.
The Centre of Inspired Learning will also offer first aid courses to the community so that more residents are better equipped to act fast when an emergency strikes.
Offering on-site training for nurses, the Centre of Inspired Learning (COIL) eliminates the need for trainee nurses to travel to Melbourne, while also giving existing health service staff opportunities to access simulated learning and practice equipment.
The centre was co-funded in partnership with the community and local businesses.
“This is fantastic to open the new COIL and it means that local people will be able to be trained locally. It’s a fantastic facility with great technology and ultimately, we want to make sure that people are given opportunities in local regional towns and that they can be trained properly,” Ms Hennessy said.
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