Murray Darling Medical School 


The proposed MDMS will address the current skill shortages experienced within regional NSW’s health sector. Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University have partnered to seek government funding for development of new medical schools at Orange, Bendigo and Wagga Wagga. The medical schools will provide regional students with an opportunity to study medicine without the requirement to leave the regions for a major city, ultimately increasing the number of doctors located throughout rural NSW. 

The School will provide students with a high quality, nationally accredited medical curriculum based on successful models currently being delivered in Australia and overseas. These methods have been proven to significantly increase the number of graduates who work in rural practice. The current system contributes to the undersupply of rural doctors by delivering the majority of training in capital cities and large metropolitan hospitals, requiring only short stints of service in rural and regional areas. 


Key Stakeholders: 

CSU and La Trobe Universities 
NSW Government 
Federal Government 
Committee 4 Wagga 

Recommendation: 

Encourage the State and Federal Government to consider funding support for the project.