PREMIER Annastacia Palaszczuk is on the Gold Coast this morning to open the new $10 million nursing and allied health training facilities at Southport TAFE.
Ms Palaszczuk said the new world-class facilities are vital to give our trainee nurses and allied health professionals the skills they need to be our health heroes of tomorrow.
“If there is one thing this past year and the global pandemic has taught us, it’s how important investing in health and our health professionals is and giving our future health workers the skills and training they need to be on the frontline,” the Premier said.
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“The Southport campus is TAFE Queensland’s largest facility on the Gold Coast and enrolments have been climbing in recent years as the region grows.
“For example, nursing and allied health enrolments have grown at this campus alone by 40 per cent over the last financial year with more than 3,680 students enrolling in courses.”
Training and Skills Development Minister said the new facilities include a modern simulated ward, lab environments and refurbished classrooms that enable the delivery of training using the latest technologies, including the use of mixed reality Halolens technology.
“This campus upgrade helps provide the skilled workers the Gold Coast needs now, and in the future, and improves career paths for local residents while delivering on Queensland’s plan for economic recovery,” Minister Farmer said.
“Currently there are more than 3,400 young people on the Gold Coast who have benefitted from our Free TAFE and Free Apprenticeships for under 25s.
“The Gold Coast’s population is projected to reach between 830,000 and more than one million in the next 20 years.
“As our population ages and the demand for health services increases, job opportunities in this sector are expected to increase.
“The $10 million investment in nursing and allied health training facilities at the Southport campus is one way we can ensure we meet the need for qualified healthcare workers in the future.”
At today’s press conference, the Premier also confirmed there have been three new COVID-19 cases in Queensland in the last 24 hours, all detected in hotel quarantine and acquired overseas.