Release type: Media Release


Medical training and mental health on the agenda in Mallee


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

The Government’s education reforms and how they will benefit people in Mallee will be on the agenda during a visit from the Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP who will join the Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad on Thursday.

Mr Pyne will visit the Mildura tertiary education precinct which aims to create a one stop shop for the community to access tertiary education.

He will also visit the Monash Medical Centre simulation lab and discuss the proposed Headspace youth mental health facility.

Mr Pyne said thousands of students in the electorate of Mallee will benefit from the Australian Government’s reforms in education.

“Over the next four years the Australian Government is investing record recurrent funding of $64.5 billion in government and non-government schools.

“This includes an extra $1.2 billion that the previous government removed from schools in our most regional states.”

Mr Pyne said that regional students and their communities will particularly benefit from the Australian Government’s higher education reforms introduced in this year’s Budget.

“Under these reforms the Australian Government will, for the first time ever, provide support to all students, in all higher education institutions, be they universities, colleges or those TAFEs registered as higher education providers, whether in the cities or the bush,” Mr Pyne said.

Mr Broad said it has been a very long time since the electorate of Mallee has had a visit from a Federal Education Minister.
“I requested Minister Pyne’s visit so he can hear firsthand the challenges of receiving higher education for regional students.

“Regional based students often don’t have as many locally based courses available, and access to universities in the cities requires additional relocation costs which puts significant financial burden on families.

“The Minister’s visit will feature a private discussion between high school principals, community leaders and higher education facilities to ensure that the Australian Government’s higher education reforms work for our part of the world and I’m pleased the Minister is coming to the Mallee to listen,” Mr Broad said.

Mr Pyne said the government’s higher education reforms is good news for the young people and businesses of Mallee.

“This will mean local higher education providers such as La Trobe University and Federation University Australia can expand the range of courses they offer and to further improve the quality of courses,” Mr Pyne said.

“This may also see many local students paying less than they do now for their education as the Government supports more higher education options.

“The Government will now fund pathway and other diploma courses through universities and colleges that will help many more local people get a qualification that can be used outright or towards a university degree.

“This will mean more young people can study right here to get the skills local businesses and industries need,” Mr Pyne said.

Mr Pyne will visit:

3:00 pm           Visit Monash Medical Centre Simulation Lab
                         231-237 Thirteenth Street, Mildura

3:45 pm           Mental health announcement at the Mildura Base Hospital.
                        The Minister will hold a doorstop interview.
                        Photo opportunity.

4:00 pm          Tour of Sunraysia Institute of TAFE
                        La Trobe University Mildura
                        453 Benetook Avenue, Mildura

                        Photo opportunity