New Warragul centre opened

Monash Rural Health’s new health teaching and research centre in Warragul was officially opened today.

Now open (L-R): Dan Weeks, CEO of West Gippsland Healthcare Group; Prof. Robyn Langham, Head School of Rural Health; Jenny Donelly, School Manager School of Rural Health; Hon. Russell Broadbent, Member for Monash.

The new centre provides a home for the medical school teaching and research teams previously based at the West Gippsland Health Service sites in Warragul and Moe. It is also the base for the Gippsland Regional Training Hub which supports specialty postgraduate training across Gippsland to retain and build a regional medical workforce.

Professor Robyn Langham, Head of the Monash University School of Rural Health, said the vision for the new centre was to facilitate health professional education and collaborative research opportunities, alongside, and integrated with, a leading healthcare facility.

“What we have at the West Gippsland Hospital site in Warragul is a state-of-the-art rural health teaching and research facility that will produce the doctors, nurses and allied health professionals of the future in regional Victoria, and the evidence base to support their work,” said Professor Langham.

The Hon. Russell Broadbent, Federal Member for Monash, officially opened the new facility. Mr Broadbent said that he was honoured to open the new centre. “Providing exceptional education facilities such as this in regional areas creates opportunities for continued studying and research not only for our local community, but also for the wider community,” he said.

The new building was funded through $2 million provided by the Monash University’s Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.