UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings addressed the NBN Futures expo in Kiama today.
Professor Wellings spoke about how broadband will influence the citizens of the Illawarra and the opportunities it will create for UOW.
“We’re the first university in the country to be on NBN, so it will be important for us to demonstrate projects that maximise efficiency so students can get engaged in different projects,” Professor Wellings said.
He outlined numerous advantages of the NBN rollout including benefits to teaching and health in regional and rural areas.
“We think it is going to transform training and employment,” he said.
Professor Wellings said that clinical expertise is going to be outsourced back to regional and rural areas, providing them with greater access to medical services.
“So we’ll be able to say, here’s the skillset in Australia, and it doesn’t matter where you are, you’ll be able to access it,” Professor Wellings said.
“The NBN will be able to reduce stutter on a real-time play-out which will provide a much better interaction between the patient and the GP.”
Professor Wellings explained that the university is in the process of making sure that medicine graduates will get the proper skills packages which will be synchronised with the NBN roll-out to increase access to specialist advice for rural GPs and patients.
Words: Sophie Harris
Our Current and UOWTV reporters are at the expo and will bring you more later.