Medical Students – Update on the effect of the Repat’s closure on Medical Students

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 15:15 ): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills a question regarding South Australian medical students.

Leave granted.

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN: On 25 February this year, I asked the minister a question in this house regarding the concerns that South Australian medical students have raised over the closure of the Repat General Hospital and the Noarlunga emergency department, as they are important teaching facilities for the Doctor of Medicine course at Flinders University.

In my explanation to the minister, I outlined how the president of the Flinders Medical Students’ Society has warned that the government’s proposals have thrown the future of several placement courses into doubt, as a large component of the second, third and fourth year is taught at those sites.

In the minister’s response, she informed the chamber that the government will continue to work with all relevant stakeholders to identify issues of concern and work with them to overcome these issues. My questions to the minister are:

1.Can the minister update the chamber on the government’s engagement with the universities and student bodies about the issues they have raised since I asked my question on 25 February?

2.If so, can the minister update the chamber on the outcomes of those consultations?

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