New wing helps remote health take flight in the NT 

Professor Anne Edwards, Vice Chancellor, Flinders University, Dr Christopher Burns, NT Minister for Health and Ms Fay Gardner, representing the Hon Tony Abbott, Minister for Health & Ageing

The West wing of the Centre of Remote Health, Alice Springs was officially opened Friday November 10, marking stage two of the National Remote Health Precinct.
The Centre of Remote Health (CRH) is a joint centre of Flinders University and CDU. It aims to provide support to the rural health workforce through education, training and research. The CRH operates out of Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Chambers, Head of the Katherine unit of CRH attended the opening. She said the new wing was a further commitment to allied health workers in regional NT.

'It's very hard to find and retain workers in remote areas' she said. 'The centre provides support to the health workforce including nurses, aboriginal health workers, doctors and management.'

Elizabeth said remote health workers valued the support of the CRH.

Katherine CRH is located on the grounds of the town hospital. Staff are employed through CDU and courses delivered include Masters programmes of the Menzies School of Health Research.

DVC (Teaching and Learning) Professor Charles Webb said involvement with the CRH was part of CDU's broader presence in allied health.

'The aim  .. is to have an increasing reputation, both nationally and internationally as a centre for remote health activity,' he said.