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Note to staff

17 May 2015


Curtin Medical School approved

This morning Prime Minister Abbott announced Federal Government approval for the Curtin Medical School.

The five-year direct-entry medical degree to be offered by the University will help the State meet an urgent doctor shortage. It will commence in 2017 with 60 domestic students per annum, increasing to 120 (110 domestic and 10 international students) by 2022.

The degree program will have a strong emphasis on primary care, which will position graduates well for rural and remote practice, as well as outer suburban locations, where there is an acute shortage of doctors. Curtin Medical School students will undertake a great deal of their clinical education at a new facility to be developed in Midland.

The University’s proposal was strongly backed by Premier Barnett, and all capital funding will be provided by Curtin and the State Government. Curtin will also provide funding for the initial operations of the School. The University’s support for the School will come from strategic resources and therefore will not impact on funding for other parts of the University.

Curtin has been seeking approval for its Medical School proposal for five years, and this announcement is exceptionally positive news for the University. It is a strong validation of the work and commitment of many Curtin staff over a number of years. I would like to thank and congratulate you all on this outcome which will benefit Western Australia for years to come.

Med School announcement

At the announcement today with Ken Wyatt, Member for Hasluck; Premier Barnett; and Prime Minister Abbott.

  1. Effiezal Abdul Wahab May 17, 2015 12:41pm


  2. Judith Lichtenzveig May 17, 2015 12:50pm

    Fantastic news!

  3. Abdullah Sheikhi May 17, 2015 12:59pm

    That’s great news. CONGRATS and Well Done Curtin (y)

  4. Adolph De Sousa May 17, 2015 1:07pm

    At Last. Well done and long overdue.

  5. Kliti Grice May 17, 2015 1:33pm

    Wonderful news- it will certainly present opportunities across disciplines & faculties- to allow innovative and strong new breakthroughs by working together.

  6. Henry Li May 17, 2015 1:36pm

    Great news!

  7. Keith Hill May 17, 2015 2:18pm

    This is excellent news for the Faculty of Health Sciences and the University as a whole. Congratulations to all who have worked towards this outcome over a prolonged period, including Professor William Hart, and Professor Jill Downie, PVC Professor Michael Berndt, current VC Deborah Terry, and former VC Jeanette Hackett.

  8. 259643d May 17, 2015 2:36pm

    Congratulations to all involved. Excellent news!

  9. Michelle Rogers May 17, 2015 3:23pm

    This is excellent news! Congratulations to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen

  10. 253337j May 17, 2015 3:27pm

    Congratulations to the many people involved in bringing about this success, especially Prof. William Hart. On behalf of the School of Biomedical Sciences I can say we are looking forward to contributing to the education and training of medical students at Curtin University.

  11. Wahidul Biswas May 17, 2015 3:30pm

    Great news indeed!! We have been waiting for a long time to hear this exciting outcome.

  12. Theodora Issa May 17, 2015 4:26pm

    Excellent news – very well done and congratulations to all the Curtin Community.

  13. Leanne Haggart May 17, 2015 4:58pm

    This is wonderful news. Congratulations to Professor William Hart and the Department of Medical Education; Professor Michael Berndt and the Faculty of Health Sciences; and Professor Deborah Terry. Special acknowledgement and congratulations to Professor Jill Downie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education for your leadership, vision, collaborations and hard work, espcially in the early years. Curtin is well on its way to meeting its vision.

  14. John Mamo May 18, 2015 7:01am

    Congratulations to the many people past and present who have made substantive contributions to this initiative. It will be wonderful to move into the next phase of evolution. Kind regards

  15. Catherine Clark May 18, 2015 8:57am

    Congratulations – this is fantastic news for Curtin and for the West Australian community more broadly.

  16. Sheela Krnjajic May 18, 2015 9:23am

    Fantastic news Curtin! Let’s get the right people in the job and make this a success! :-)

  17. Jeremy Lu May 18, 2015 10:36am

    Well done to all those involved. Looking forward to the new chapters ahead.

  18. Cheryl Stickels May 19, 2015 8:55am

    Congratulations to the many who have made this happen! I’m particularly aware of Prof Jill Downie’s contribution, but there are many others to be acknowledged. The power of ‘stick-ability’…

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