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Jun

Lovell calls on State Government to provide funding to deliver Clinical Health School at GV Health.

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure funding is delivered to build the proposed Clinical Health School at Goulburn Valley Health.

Speaking recently during the adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell asked Health Minister Martin Foley to work with the new Federal Health Minister Mark Butler to deliver the $19.5 million for the Clinical Health School promised by the former Coalition Government in the lead up to the recent Federal Election. Ms Lovell has also written directly to Minister Butler requesting the $19.5 million commitment be delivered by the Albanese Labor Government

In her contribution to Mr Foley, Ms Lovell also sought a commitment from the Minister for the State to contribute the remaining $7 million needed to ensure the $26.5 million project is fully funded.

The Clinical Health School would be developed through a partnership between GV Health, and La Trobe University and would offer dedicated nursing, midwifery, and allied health education to local students to help address the critical shortage of health-care staff in the region.

Ms Lovell said GV Health is currently suffering critical staff shortages with 110 FTE nursing positions vacant, and it was recently revealed that the hospital would require an additional 360 nurses and midwives and an extra 45 allied health staff by 2025.

Ms Lovell said Mr Foley needed to work with the new Albanese Government to deliver the $19.5 million promised by the Federal Coalition for the project as well as commit State funding to deliver the balance of the $26.5 million needed to make the school a reality.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“The current staff shortage is impacting GV Health’s ability to provide the health care it wants to deliver, and the establishment of a Clinical Health School will help address these staffing issues by training healthcare professionals locally.

“I call on the Minister to ensure the Federal funding for the Clinical Health School is provided by the new Albanese Government and also commit the remaining $7 million to ensure this vital project is delivered.”

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