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Pyne announces extra university places for healthcare training

The Australian government is to increase support for foreign language diplomas and healthcare degrees as part of a $62 million four-year package to fund more university places.

Education minister Christopher Pyne announced 4,902 extra student places at Australian universities for postgraduate nursing and health studies, language diplomas and on preparatory courses for university degrees.

In a statement outlining the allocations, Pyne said this would include 1,500 places for postgraduate nursing and training in professional health skills such as optometry, psychology, audiology and medical ultrasound.

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