Medical schools can cooperate: a new joint venture to provide medical education in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales
The medical schools at the University of Western Sydney, University of Wollongong and University of Sydney have developed a joint program for training medical students through placements of up to 40 weeks on the New South Wales North Coast.
The new partnership agency - the North Coast Medical Education Collaboration - builds on the experience of regional doctors and their academic partners.
A steering comm ittee has identified the availability and support requireme nts of local practitioners to provide training, and has undertaken a comparative mapping of learning objectives and assessments from the courses of the three universities.
The goals of the program include preparing doctors who can perform effectively in rural settings and multi disciplinary health care teams, and to advance research in medical education.