250 Newcastle jobs in health project

A HEALTH and research centre based around the needs of the resources sector is to be established in the Newcastle area, creating about 250 jobs.

The NSW government and Australian healthcare company Aspen Medical will make the announcement today.

Aspen also plans to join with the University of Newcastle to examine the health requirements of workers and fund a research fellowship.

Incentives from the state government have helped lure the project to the Hunter, away from rival states.

The project will include a headquarters, a training centre for 20 students and a research centre.

It will create about 250 jobs, most of them in the Hunter.

The work of the centre is aimed at minimising travel and wait times for ill or injured workers and for drug and alcohol testing.

Aspen says its centre will reduce demand on community healthcare in the region.

The company provides healthcare services to the Australian Defence Force, the resources sector and indigenous health and government programs.

Further details about the project are expected to be outlined today by its managing director Glenn Keys and Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner, who will join Hunter MPs in Newcastle.

"Aspen's decision to establish an International Centre for Resource Health in NSW is a vote of confidence in our state and in the Hunter Region, and will benefit all areas of the resources sector including oil, gas, mining and construction," Mr Stoner said yesterday.

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