News & Media

20 June 2017

Latrobe Community Health Service and RMIT join forces to improve health and education outcomes

Latrobe Community Health Service and RMIT have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop strategic partnership opportunities at the Churchill dental prosthetics laboratory.

The laboratory is part of the broader Latrobe Community Health Service building redevelopment at Churchill, which is due for completion in December. Upon completion, the building will host 38 new positions, including 12 dental prosthetists.

“This MoU draws on our combined expertise in clinical management and education,” said Ben Leigh, CEO at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“RMIT is a university with a proven track record of excellence in education and research in health and community services. Their experience in these fields will assist us in making the Churchill dental prosthetics laboratory a world-leading facility.”

The MoU identifies several areas for collaboration, including:

  • Establishing clinical, management and teaching roles at the laboratory
  • Engaging in applied dental research and innovation projects
  • Collaborating on student placements for RMIT dental students
  • Delivering RMIT dental training in Churchill
  • Developing local training and teaching practices at the clinic.

“Working with industry partners such as Latrobe Community Health Service ensures our courses are the best possible preparation for the workforce,” said Peter Ryan, Executive Dean, School of Vocational Engineering, Health & Sciences.

“RMIT can provide training and education expertise, and Latrobe Community Health Service provides a wealth of practical clinical experience – it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement,” he said.