Sod turned for $14m Rockhampton region medico expansion

ACTING Prime Minister Warren Truss has helped mark an important milestone in the expansion of allied and oral health services and education in the Rockhampton region.

He turned the sod yesterday on the $14 million Stage 2 of the CQUniversity Health Clinic on the Rockhampton campus.

The expansion will create more facilities for treatment and rehabilitation of patients, as well as opening up opportunities for professional placement of nursing, allied and oral health students.

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said students who gained professional experience in the expanded health clinic precinct would be more likely to seek work in rural and regional communities after graduation, helping to alleviate workforce shortages.

The clinic is run in partnership with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services.

It delivers allied and oral health services which match CQUniversity's health degree offerings - physiotherapy, podiatry, speech pathology, oral health, social work, occupational therapy and nursing (with more than 10 clinical professions represented within the facility).

It caters for up to 15,000 service occasions a year, while hosting about 120 students who work/learn alongside Queensland Health professionals.



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