Southwest’s Ridgeview internal medical school to open in Brisbane
The private medical school will be run by the Queensland Department of Health and will offer a wide range of training courses and a range of specialist skills for internal medicine professionals, the department said on Wednesday.
The private school, known as Ridgeview, has been operating for about 20 years.
Key points:The private school is one of a handful of private medical schools in the state with a focus on internal medicine The state government announced it would offer training to internal medicine practitioners to help them better meet the demand for internal medical services Source: News24 Queensland’s internal medicine community has been waiting for a private medical university for years and the State Government is hoping to do so by 2025.
The department’s announcement is a major boost to the private medical industry in Queensland, with the state government planning to offer training for internal health professionals to help their clients better meet demand for services, such as dental, anaesthesia and urgent care.
But the decision to open Ridgeview’s doors was welcomed by the private health industry, which said it would be a massive boost to their recruitment and retention.
Queenya’s Internal Medicine Association said it hoped the opening of the private school would make the private sector a more attractive option for internal healthcare practitioners.
“This is a great opportunity for the industry to get in front of the community and offer training in a private facility that is currently under the control of the state,” the organisation said.
“We hope that this will encourage the private industry to open their doors and work with the Queensland Health Service to establish a training academy.”
Queenslanders are currently required to receive medical and dental training from the state and the private healthcare industry, but many are also struggling to find suitable, long-term employment.
Health Minister, Michael McCormack, said he hoped to see the opening, with plans to expand the school into a medical school, medical school and a dental school.
“Our objective is to have a school that is a good place for students to study and get the training that they need to get the job that they want,” Mr McCormack said.
He said he believed the private training academy would also be a good way for patients and the community to see a doctor who was well-trained in the care of patients.
“I think that’s a good idea, and it’s one of the reasons why I think the state Government is making a strong commitment to opening the private dental school, and that is because we want to make sure that we are able to recruit doctors to work in the private dentistry sector,” Mr McCormack said, adding that he hoped Ridgeview would be an example of what can be done to attract a number of doctors to the industry.
Dr Jonathan Wainwright, chief executive of the Queensland Association of Internal Medicine, said the private university would provide the training to help internal medicine graduates get a job.
“I’m sure Ridgeview will be very much a model for other private schools to follow, particularly the private orthodontic schools that have been doing this for a long time,” Dr Wainwrath said.
He said there was a shortage of internal medicine and internal medicine specialists in Queensland and many had had to find work in other parts of the country, or even in the US.
“They have got to be able to get into a hospital in the same way that we do, so it’s very, very difficult,” Dr Linton said.
Dr WainWRath said it was important to give internal medicine students the opportunity to be in a position to earn money and he hoped the private college would also offer the training they needed.
“You can’t really get an internal medicine degree if you’re working for the state, and you can’t get an orthodental degree if your a private dental practitioner,” he said.
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