New Shepparton project to partner with local talent
The University of Melbourne’s Department of Rural Health has appointed a locally based architect to lead the expansion of its Shepparton education and training facilities for medical students.
The announcement heralds the next phase of a project announced last year to enable more medical students to study and live in the Goulburn Valley region.
Vincent Chrisp Architects, who have offices in Shepparton, have been appointed following a competitive tender process to lead this exciting next step.
They bring local knowledge and experience in delivering major health and education infrastructure projects to this key expansion.
The design phase has now commenced with construction to begin later in 2020.
Head of the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne, Professor John Prins, said: “This is an important step forward for the growing population in the Goulburn Valley region. It is anticipated that an additional 30 students will arrive in 2022 to commence the Doctor of Medicine program.
“Besides accommodation, we are also investing in an increase in educational spaces to enhance students’ rural experience.
“Having recently celebrated 20 years in the region, we remain committed to the future growth of the rural medical workforce.”
The project is part of a series of programs funded by the Federal Government under the banner of the Murray-Darling Medical Schools Network and has been created to address shortages of doctors in regional and rural areas by training students from the regions, within the region.