Funding Opens Doors for Uni; Increases for Nursing and Education to Boost Students' Prospects

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Byline: Amy Formosa Amy.Formosa@capnews.com.au

A FOCUS on health in Tuesday night's budget was the tonic CQUniversity's Vice Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman was looking for.

Professor Bowman yesterday said the university was well positioned to capitalise on increased funding in the fields of nursing and education.

He said the university, Rockhampton's largest employer, had big plans to boost training opportunities as well as higher education prospects for students.

"Overall there are some good outcomes for the university. There is increased funding for nursing and education. This is good news for us because we are doing a lot more nursing training," Professor Bowman said.

"We want to start up courses in allied health," he said.

"Unless you train them locally, health care professionals don't stay."

He said the university would be bidding for some of the funding on hand to improve the university's facilities.

"One thing the region needs is better training facilities," Professor Bowman said. …