A major new health initiative is to be launched in Dubbo for the year 2000 with the announcement that Charles Sturt University (CSU) will establish a health unit in the region.
To be called the Orana Health Unit the facility will provide a significant academic and research presence in the city.
Dr Peter Hodgson, Head of the Dubbo Campus said the unit will bring together the various health courses the University offers in Dubbo as the foundation for new initiatives and research.
"By bringing together expertise we will be better able to identify and work towards addressing health problems in the region," Dr Hodgson said
"Importantly the unit and its staff will have opportunities to interface with the various health institutions who are already playing a critical health care role in the city of Dubbo."
Ms Lynne Adamson, a senior staff member of the Faculty of Health Studies from the University's Albury-Wodonga Campus, has been appointed as the head of the Orana Health Unit. She will transfer to Dubbo to take up her appointment at the end of January.
"Ms Adamson is currently the Sub-Dean responsible for learning and teaching within the Faculty of Health Studies and she will bring to the Dubbo Campus a wealth of experience in course development, academic leadership and community involvement with the health professions," said Dr Hodgson.
The establishment of the Orana Health Unit at the Dubbo Campus follows closely behind the University's announcement to offer a Bachelor of Nursing course, full time, at the Campus next year.
"The establishment of this course is a significant commitment by the University particularly at a time when the university sector is under enormous funding pressure. The decision reflects the importance to the University of initiatives and developments at the Dubbo Campus," Dean of the Faculty of Health Studies, Professor David Battersby said.
Professor Battersby has also announced that the University has approved the introduction of a Master of Indigenous Health course at the Dubbo Campus. "This course is now in its development stages and will build upon the undergraduate program currently offered at the Dubbo Campus for Aboriginal Health Workers," he said.