Release type: Joint Media Release


Victoria University students to benefit from $22.9 million Gillard Government investment


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

Victoria University students will benefit from a $22.9 million Gillard Government grant for its Interprofessional Education in Health: Class, Clinic, and Career project.

The Gillard Government today announced it will invest $377 million in new state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities at university campuses across the nation.

With funding from State and Territory Governments as well as successful universities, this investment will deliver an $873 million upgrade for higher education institutions in regional and outer metropolitan areas.

The investment is part of the Government’s commitment to removing the barriers to higher education and opening the doors of Australia’s universities to all students, no matter where they live.

The estimated total value of the Victoria University project is $41.2 million.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said the Victoria University project would establish a student-led interprofessional education (IPE) health clinic for public clients.

“The project will have an immediate impact in the Werribee district and other suburbs in the outer-western metropolitan region of Melbourne,” he said.

“That is good news for students and good news for the Victorian economy.”

Member for Maribyrnong, Bill Shorten, said the University’s IPE approach will provide structured opportunities for trainee doctors, nurses, paramedics and other professionals to learn and work together in teams.

“Students will get to fine tune their professional skills and expertise and provide better quality health services to the community,” he said.

“The project will incorporate new technologies to support clinical education, including videoconferencing and real-case presentations to classrooms.

“The community will benefit as health professionals gain better quality education  in nursing, midwifery, paramedical, psychology, dietetics, dermal therapy, sports and active living, osteopathy, nutritional therapy and social work.”

Senator Evans said the Gillard Government’s investment will help thousands more students who have studied vocational or trade qualifications take the extra step to get a university degree.

“We are committed to removing the barriers for Australians who aspire to gain a university education,” Senator Evans said.

“Next year, under the student-demand driven funding system, caps on student places will be removed, opening up opportunities for more Australians to participate in higher education.

“The learning environments for our students are being transformed and modernised as a result of the Government’s focus on skills and training.

“We are determined to build a highly skilled workforce, ready to meet the challenges of a modern, diverse economy.

“A university education is a ticket to greater career choice and to high skilled and high paid jobs.”