The newly extended East Gippsland Regional Clinical School at Bairnsdale Regional Health Service has been officially opened by Minister for Health David Davis.
Mr Davis said the facility highlights the positive partnership between Monash University, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service and the State Government.
"Improving and maintaining the linkages between academic education, research and clinical services has the potential to improve health outcomes over the longer term for Victorians in Gippsland and beyond," Mr Davis said.
"The new facilities here at the East Gippsland Regional Clinical School will play a critical role in training the future health workforce and improving the supply of qualified health professionals in rural and regional areas, which is essential to ensure safe, timely and accessible health services.
"The ability for rural Victorian residents to train as health professionals close to home creates opportunities to work in the local community.
"This provides a significant contribution to the health of rural communities and ensures a sustainable and well-prepared rural health workforce."
Mr Davis said the State Government allocated $1.6 million to extend the education and training facilities at Bairnsdale Regional Health.
"The project has redeveloped the library and created an interprofessional education precinct, with tutorial rooms, office facilities, student lounge and a simulation laboratory," Mr Davis said.
"These new teaching facilities will increase clinical training capacity at Bairnsdale Regional Health and will be integral to the delivery of clinical training - in particular for the medical students that are located at the Monash University East Gippsland Regional Clinical School."