The Education Minister has announced a boost aimed to increase the number of postgraduate nurses, part of a $62 million investment pushing more people into degrees.

“Over the next four years, 1,500 more places will be available for people undertaking postgraduate nursing and allied health specialities,” Education Minister Christopher Pyne.

Mr Pyne said more places for nursing and allied health meant more highly trained health professionals to support Australia’s ageing population.

“The Government has paid particular attention in allocating places to support universities that are serving regions with a high need for trained professionals in skills shortage occupations,” Mr Pyne said.

The places will be offered in a range of Masters Courses in the medical arena.

As of next year there will be several hundred more people embarking on their Masters in; Nursing Practice, Psychology, Optometry, Mental Health Nursing, Clinical Audiology and others.

The promised 1,500 positions will be rolled out across eleven Universities over the next 4 years.

More details of when and where the expanded places will be offered are available here.