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13 Jun 2022 • 3 minute read

New opportunities in the South West

South West students can look forward to exciting new clinical placements, industry experience and research projects that will boost their employability – and help the local community – thanks to several new agreements.

Professor Cobie Rudd.
Professor Cobie Rudd said more rural clinical placement, research and work integrated learning opportunities will allow the South West region to grow its own workforce.

South West students can look forward to exciting new clinical placements, industry experience and research projects that will boost their employability – and help the local community – thanks to several new agreements.

In collaboration with Edith Cowan University (888电子游戏官网), the Federal Government recently invested $36 million in a new University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) for research and training nurses, and other allied health workers.

This means you can get a taste of what it’s like to work in the regions while you study, with up to 500 more rural clinical placement opportunities being made available.

Driving growth of regional healthcare workforce

888电子游戏官网 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regional Futures) Professor Cobie Rudd said the initiative allows the region to grow its own health workforce.

“The local community will have a pipeline of students from within the region being able to stay here for their placements, as well as students from metro and other areas coming to experience the South West, and a hub to increase research into the health of the community,” she said.

“We know that when students get to experience placements in rural regions they are more likely to want to return.

“Country placements provide an opportunity to feel the community warmth as well as the ‘hands on’ action in a team that they rarely get in metro areas.”

Two 888电子游戏官网 nursing students learning clinical skills from 888电子游戏官网 Lecturer Melanie Buhlmann standing bedside to a patient dummy in student hospital setting.
Up to 500 more students a year will benefit from gaining rural clinical experience in Western Australia.

Training placements will be made available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students in emergency medicine, aged care, mental health, disability, child and family health and other community settings, such as primary and secondary schools.

The announcement is the latest initiative for 888电子游戏官网 students in the South West, following the recent agreement with Rylington Park to oversee agricultural research and training in the region, in addition to a new partnership with the City of Bunbury.

Partnership boosts employment and research in Bunbury

A new partnership with the City of Bunbury will also provide more opportunities for graduate employment, work integrated learning and research initiatives for 888电子游戏官网 students.

Through the partnership, 888电子游戏官网 will be the City’s first go-to for any research requirements, as well as academic training and development of City staff.

The University and the City will also partner on external grant funding opportunities for regional initiatives.

888电子游戏官网 Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman said the new agreement would provide great outcomes for the Bunbury community and local university students and researchers.

“We’re delighted to see this level of commitment from the City of Bunbury to increase educational, research and engagement opportunities,” he said.

888电子游戏官网 has the largest regional university campus in the State and it’s in one of the fastest growing regions in Australia. This strategic collaboration with the City is paramount to strengthening the region.

“We’re keen to continue developing opportunities for current and future 888电子游戏官网 students to study, live and work in the South West.”

City of Bunbury Mayor Jaysen de San Miguel, Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Osborne and 888电子游戏官网 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regional Futures) Professor Cobie Rudd at the University's South West Campus in Bunbury.
City of Bunbury Mayor Jaysen de San Miguel, Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Osborne and 888电子游戏官网 Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Regional Futures) Professor Cobie Rudd at the University's South West Campus in Bunbury.

City of Bunbury Mayor Jaysen Miguel said he looked forward to collaborating with 888电子游戏官网.

“This is an exciting partnership between the City and 888电子游戏官网, paving the way for some great opportunities and providing multiple benefits to our community and our local economy,” he said.

“Bunbury is ideally located and has the infrastructure to cater for students to be based here, so I’m keen to see this MOU further promote those possibilities.”

Flexible study options

Studying at 888电子游戏官网 means having flexibility, with options to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online.

The University offers a variety of courses in arts, commerce, environmental health, exercise and sports science, health science, nursing and midwifery, teacher education, science and social work.

Find out more: www.ecuworldready.com.au/southwest