Plenty of places in health and nursing CQU courses

CQUNIVERSITY has welcomed Australia's biggest share of freshly funded postgraduate student places for allied health and nursing.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said the latest Federal Government allocation recognised the demand for health professionals in regional Queensland as well as CQUniversity's demonstrated capacity to provide educational pathways in these areas.

"We have rolled out dozens of new allied health and nursing programs over the past few years, along with major new allied health facilities in Mackay, Rockhampton, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney," Prof Bowman said.

Federal Minister for Education Christopher Pyne said over the next four years CQUniversity would have 150 additional places for the Graduate Diploma of Medical Sonography, 60 for the Master of Mental Health Nursing, and 60 for the Master of Podiatry.

Mr Pyne said more places for nursing and allied health meant more highly trained health professionals to support Australia's ageing population.

CQUni has also gained 80 additional funded student places for its popular Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies Program (STEPS).