Federal Member for Calare, Andrew Gee says an independent economic assessment report, commissioned by Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University, has found that the Murray Darling Medical School would help solve doctor shortages in regional NSW by providing around 90 doctors to the region each year.
Mr Gee said the report provides a compelling case for the MDMS and that this will further bolster calls for the school to be established as a matter of priority.
“What the communities of the west are really interested in is the Murray Darling Medical School and that’s what we’re crying out for,” Mr Gee said.
“While I believe the case for the Murray Darling Medical School was clear before, the commissioning of this report really cements the need for the School to be established.
“Unfortunately we’ve had a lot of resistance from the big urban universities. They’ve thrown up all types of dry academic arguments as to why CSU shouldn’t have this medical school, but at the end of the day when you strip it all back it comes down to self-interest.
“The report has found that compared to the current metropolitan based approaches, the Murray Darling Medical School is likely to be more efficient and effective in increasing the number of rural and regional doctors.
“It would also not only improve health outcomes for country Australia, but also bring around $2 billion in additional benefits to the region through direct expenditure and secondary impacts producing jobs and growth.
“The time for the Murray Darling Medical School has come!,” Mr Gee concluded.