Uni waiting on funding

Michelle Roberts and Mark McGowan are concerned the State Government’s promise for a new university at the Midland Railway Workshops will not be honoured. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Michelle Roberts and Mark McGowan are concerned the State Government’s promise for a new university at the Midland Railway Workshops will not be honoured. Picture: Bruce Hunt

Dr Felicity Jefferies, a former executive of the WA Country Health Service, produced the report earlier this year, which confirmed the underlying problem for WA’s medical services was a critical shortage of doctors.

It concluded there was a shortfall of more than 950 doctors across the State based on data that was made available from the 2014 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures.

The recent State Budget did not fund the $22 million promised by the State Government for the old Midland Railway Workshops site that would house a medical school as part of Curtin University.

WA Premier Colin Barnett visited the site before the State election in 2012 and said the university would provide places for 600 staff and students.

Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said with the new Midland Hospital due to be completed by the end of 2015, a new medical school in Midland would be a welcome addition to the community.

At the time, the State Government said the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority would deliver the project working with Curtin University.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said he was disappointed there was no funding so far.

‘We don’t seem any closer to having a university campus established,’ he said.

‘Curtin University wants to open a medical school in 2016’