Health@Sydney meeting in Dubbo
18 June 2007
The Deans of the Faculties of Health - also known as Health@Sydney - met at the School of Rural Health's Dubbo campus on 13 June.
Professor Bruce Robinson, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, also presented at grand rounds - a weekly specialist talk - at Dubbo Base Hospital on the functions and disorders of the hormonal endocrine system.
Health@Sydney is arguably the largest and most comprehensive consortium of health care professionals and health-related researchers in the southern hemisphere.
The School of Rural Health encompasses an enormous area of the state, stretching from Broken Hill to Lithgow and from Bourke to Parkes. It was established in 2000 in response to a Federal government initiative aimed at attracting more doctors to rural areas. The government implemented a program to establish rural clinical schools as part of its regional health strategy designed to give medical students exposure to rural life and rural medicine, thus encouraging them to choose a rural career.
The University of Sydney's commitment to rural health is demonstrated by the fact that 25 per cent of students enrolled in its graduate medical program spend half of their clinical training time at the School of Rural Health.