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Medical Services in Wagga Wagga
The Wagga Wagga and District Division of General Practice is a professional network for GPs that provides links with other health professionals, community groups and health organisations. The Division supports local GPs with recruitment, locum placement, and provides a mechanism for GP involvement in health policy decision making, local updates in obstetrics, anaesthetics, paediatrics and mental health. The Division also coordinates the Rural Health Education Foundation satellite broadcasts which occur 2 - 3 times per month.
The Rural Health Training Unit located at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital plays an important role in developing and coordinating programs to meet the particular training needs of health providers in South Western NSW.
In 1998 the Federal Government committed $11.2 million over four years plus $2 million in capital funding to develop a Clinical School in Wagga Wagga. The school will be established in conjunction with University of NSW, Charles Sturt University and Wagga Wagga Base Hospital. This will allow 20% of UNSW medical students to undertake their clinical training in Wagga Wagga and the Riverina area.
REGIONAL IMAGING RIVERINA
REGIONAL IMAGING RIVERINA provides a level of diagnostic and therapeutic medical imaging services previously only available in metropolitan centres. Their state of the art equipment includes: General Radiography, Helical q Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine, DSA, Cardiac Catheterisation and MRI with Echo-Planar capabilities.
Other health related services in Wagga Wagga include five pathology laboratories, seven nursing homes, four retirement villages and four early childhood centres.
Community Health services include child and family health, adult health, mental health, developmental disabilities, rehabilitation and geriatrics, sexual health, aboriginal health, women's health, drug and alcohol, sexual assault and health education.
Wagga Wagga Ambulance Service has an accredited rescue unit and provides a 24-hour service for emergency and non-emergency cases.
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
EMPLOYMENT AND BUSINESS
Employment is concentrated in the industries of retail/wholesale trade, government administration and defence, education and health and community services. This reflects Wagga Wagga's status as an administrative centre and the presence of large defence establishments namely the RAAF Base and Kapooka Military Camp. Wagga Wagga is the retail and service centre for the Riverina Region and enjoys a shopping population of over 200,000. Wagga Wagga provides all the benefits of big city shopping with numerous shopping centres, supermarkets, national retailers, locally owned specialty stores, antique shops and boutiques.
It usually takes less than ten minutes by car to get just about anywhere within the city and there is a comprehensive public transport system.
Wagga Wagga is situated 45kms from the Hume Highway which connects Melbourne to Sydney and Sydney to Canberra. The road distance from Wagga Wagga to Canberra is 245km, to Melbourne 435km, and to Sydney 470km.
Wagga Wagga is serviced by Regional
Express Airlines who offer regular daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne.
service is available to Melbourne or Sydney and
coach operators offer regular service to eastern capital cities other
School facilities include 14 preschools, 27 primary schools and 8 high schools including public and private with denominations including Anglican, Catholic, Christian, Lutheran, and Seventh Day Adventist. There is also a special school catering for students aged 4 to 18 with intellectual disabilities.
Riverina Institute of TAFE has a large campus in Wagga Wagga. TAFE provides quality secondary education and training services for operators, tradespersons, managers and para-professionals in a wide range of employment areas.
The Riverina Campus of Charles Sturt University (CSU) is situated just outside Wagga Wagga. CSU offers over 100 courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level within the Faculties of Arts, Commerce, Education, Health Studies, and Science and Agriculture.
Christadeiphian, Christian Family (Assembly of God), Greek Orthodox, Jehovah's Witness, Latter Day Saints, Reformed Presbyterian and Seventh Day Adventist.
PARKS, GARDENS AND NATURAL FEATURES
Wagga Wagga boasts a wide variety of restaurants including Indian, Thai, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, and Lebanese. For wine-lovers, there is the Wagga Wagga Winery and the Ron Potter Winery at CSU. Nightlife ranges from trendy cafes, nightclubs, wine-bars through to friendly pubs and service clubs. Festivals and major sporting events are held throughout the year including a jazz festival, the Wagga Wagga Gold Cup and the Australian Veteran Games.
The city has a strong performing arts base with productions held by CSU theatre students and the acclaimed Riverina Theatre Company. There is also a six-screen cinema showing all the latest movies. Music performances (and tuition) are offered at the Conservatorium of Music and the Wagga Wagga City Art Gallery houses the National Art Glass Collection as well as a wide range of local and visiting exhibitions.
Sporting activities such as skydiving, canoeing, gliding, water-skiing, cricket, ballooning, golf, tennis, netball, softball, fishing, football, target shooting, and racing can be enjoyed in or near the city. Wagga Wagga enjoys proximity to the ski-fields of southern NSW and northern Victoria.
Primary & secondary schools 8 secondary and 24 primary schools, including both private and public. Religious schools: Lutheran Primary, Christian College (yrs K-12), Anglican College Yr 7-12, 4 primary and 2 secondary Catholic Schools.
Special needs Kurrajong Early Intervention Services and Williams Hill Public School provide services for students with intellectual disabilities. Integrated special needs support and programs are also available at area schools and child care services.
Caters to adult educational needs and to businesses, organizations and industry through its workplace training programs.
Riverina Institute of Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
Three campuses located in Wagga Wagga.
Riverina Conservatorium of Music
Charles Sturt University
Visit the CSU Web Site for information on undergraduate, postgraduate and distance education courses
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