Curtin Uni and St John of God Health Care sign agreement for medical student to gain experience at Midland Hospital

Michael Hogan and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences Professor Archie Clements signing a new agreement between the university and St John of God.
Michael Hogan and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Health Sciences Professor Archie Clements signing a new agreement between the university and St John of God.

THE next generation of doctors in the Midland area has been guaranteed following the signing of an agreement between Curtin University and St John of God Health Care today for medical students to gain clinical experience at Midland Hospital.

St John of God Midland Public Hospital chief executive Michael Hogan said the agreement was of significance for the emerging Midland learning and health precinct, which is expected to enhance health services for the local community.

“As part of the agreement, the hospital will begin receiving medical students from Curtin University from 2019,” he said.

Based near the hospital in the old Midland Railway Workshops, the Curtin University Midland Campus recently started construction.

The Midland campus is expected to provide a number of medical, nursing, allied health and business courses.

Mr Hogan said when the new campus opened in 2020, St John of God Midland Public Hospital would initially provide 60 student placements.

“Student placement numbers are expected to increase over the years,” he said.

“The hospital’s commitment to assisting the next generation of doctors extends well beyond medical student placements.

“It is hoped that once these students complete their studies, many of them will return as junior doctors to the hospital for further training.

“It is also hoped that some will establish practices in the area when they fully qualify.”

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