The funding would also be used to build new, and upgraded existing, medical training infrastructure in small rural and remote communities, ensuring graduates of the new school have practical experience in areas where doctors are most needed.
“With these public commitments by the Nationals, the Murray Darling Medical School is now close to becoming a reality. That means we are now one step closer to solving rural doctor shortages in our communities.
“All the evidence shows that educating rural students at regional universities is the single most effective strategy for growing our rural medical workforce, yet we have the absurd situation where thousands of rural students are missing out on places in medical school every year.
“The Nationals have listened carefully to all the arguments, and have come up with the right solution for rural and regional Australians.
“We look forward to working with the National Party, should they form the next government in coalition with the Liberal Party, to help them to deliver on their commitment to establish a new Murray Darling Medical School for rural and regional Australians.
Professor Vann said Charles Sturt University and La Trobe University were progressing well with the governance structures for the new school, and work has commenced on the rural entry criteria and medical curriculum.