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Govt to fund extra 1,000 nursing places
September 29, 2008 - 11:13AM, smh
The federal government says it will help fund more than 1,000 new nursing university places.
The announcement will take the number of commonwealth-supported places to 1,094, from next year.
Three-hundred places have been allocated to campuses in regional areas. There are 55 more midwifery places and 130 openings for specialist mental health nurses.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made the announcement while visiting John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle ahead of a community cabinet meeting.
Mr Rudd said nursing was a "priority area" and the extra places would help to increase nursing staff in the hospital system.
"That will benefit patients in the health system significantly and, ultimately, the community," a statement from Mr Rudd and cabinet colleagues said.
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