On 29 September, the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) made a Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.
The NRHA believes that equitable access to good education is an important and fundamental right and would make a major contribution to health and wellbeing for the people of rural and remote Australia. The submission includes a number of recommendations to ensure that children and students from rural and remote areas are not disadvantaged by the provisions in the Higher Education Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.
The NRHA recommendations also seek to ensure that rural and remote students have fair access to health professional education and training at regional and city universities as an important part of the strategy for recruiting and training health professionals for rural and remote communities.
It is also important that the Bill does not adversely impact regional universities as they provide critical services to rural and remote communities including education, employment and research across health and other professions.