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ECU to establish mobile health service for northern suburbs

Monday, 12 September 2011


Edith Cowan University (ECU) has been allocated $496,936 in federal government funding to establish a Mobile Chronic Disease Management Service to serve a number of community sites from ECU’s Joondalup Campus.

The service will work with primary care and not-for-profit organisations to improve access to chronic disease health management in the north metropolitan area.

This is an exciting opportunity for ECU health students, increasing the number of clinical training placements available, as well as exposing them to new and innovative approaches to health care.

The service is funded by the federal government agency, Health Workforce Australia, under its Clinical Training Funding (CTF) Program, which sought funding requests from training institutions in 2010 through a nationally competitive process.

ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Advancement), Professor Cobie Rudd, said the new service is a partnership across sectors and will benefit both patients and health students.

“ECU physiotherapy, psychology, paramedicine, nursing, speech pathology and nutrition and dietetic students can gain a breadth of clinical training experiences through this service that was previously not available,” Professor Rudd said.  

“Students will gain valuable learning experiences including in respect to performing general health assessments, providing health education, and management of chronic diseases.

“For those living in the north metropolitan area with a chronic disease, including cancer, heart disease or diabetes, this initiative will make it easier to access care."

ECU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox, said the Mobile Chronic Disease Management Service provides ECU health students with yet another unique community-based learning opportunity as well as providing a resource for our local communities.  

“With an ageing population comes a greater prevalence of multiple chronic diseases requiring an increased complexity of care and the coordinated efforts of many health disciplines. This service will give ECU health students a head start in their studies,” said Professor Cox.

The Mobile Chronic Disease Management Service is another inter-professional learning initiative that puts ECU at the forefront of health teaching and learning within Western Australia.

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