A new collaboration between Kangan Institute and Northern Health will leverage the capabilities and facilities of both organisations as they support the future training needs and the health sector in this growing area of Melbourne.
The signing of the organisations’ new Memorandum of Understanding took place today at Kangan Institute’s Broadmeadows campus, where a new $60m Health and Community Centre of Excellence will soon be built.
The new facility will begin construction at the end of next year and is estimated to be operating by 2024. Funding has been provided by the Victorian Government, and was announced by Minister for Training and Skills and Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney as part of the 2021/22 State Budget.
Kangan Institute’s Chief Executive Officer Sally Curtain says the new alliance with Northern Health builds upon existing partnerships with DPV Health and comes at the most opportune time.
“Thanks to this funding, we are able to realise our vision to increase the provision of health training facilities in Broadmeadows and to enter into new and enduring partnerships with industry.”
“Together with Northern Health we will ensure we are delivering the most pertinent courses in nursing, dental assisting, pathology collection, disability and early childhood in the right facilities. That might mean sharing our spaces or working on bespoke course content. Regardless it will see us better serve this community’s current and future health needs and create pathways to meaningful new jobs.”
The future focus will be on virtual healthcare, eHealth and assistive technologies, which Kangan Institute will be at the forefront in providing training options for.
Northern Health’s Executive Director of Partnerships and Chief Allied Health Officer Briana Baass is looking forward to the collaboration with Kangan Institute.
“Both organisations are committed to supporting all aspects of wellbeing in our community, through working collaboratively with key partners in the region.”
We will plan innovative approaches to training agile and digitally savvy health professionals of the future. This includes how we design student placements, training programs and future planning for shared facilities.”
The Minister, Gayle Tierney, and Broadmeadows MP Frank McGuire were on hand for the signing of the MOU, and both say they are looking forward to seeing Kangan Institute’s new Health and Community Centre of Excellence come to life.
“We’re proud to include this fantastic initiative as part of this month’s state budget announcement – among a $383.8 million investment in skills, training and higher education in Victoria,” the Minister said.
“This $60 million centre is a huge boost for healthcare training and jobs in Melbourne’s northern suburbs and will provide more opportunities and better services to locals.”