Deakin University has received funding to implement video conferencing facilities to teach students in Geelong, Warrnambool, Ballarat and Box Hill.
The federal government funding of $336,120 will allow students in these rural areas to fill mental health workforce shortages.
Minister for Indigenous health, rural and regional health, Warren Snowden, said the facilities will utilise video conferencing technology.
“The project will give Deakin University the capacity to teach students undertaking mental health clinical placements in regional sites through recorded multi-media lectures, live interactive tutorials and conventional video conferencing,” he said.
The funding will provide video conferencing equipment and infrastructure, and is scheduled for completion in four months. Earlier this year Deakin University announced Cisco Unified Computing as its data centre provider.