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NRHSN Report
Refer Appendix 2 in Documents
Student Representatives – Tara Naige (2014 NRHSN Co-Chair) and David Khoo (2014 NRHSN Medical Portfolio Representative)
  • The NRHSN aims to provide a voice for students who are passionate about rural and remote health.
  • There are 28 rural health clubs throughout Australia with over 9000 members.
  • The NRHSN provides exciting and inspiring opportunities to encourage students to think and act rurally:- short or long term placements, scholarships, conferences in rural regions, rural high school visits, Indigenous festivals, local events – social evenings, camps, trips, clinical skills weekends.
  • The NRSHN develop policy and provides advocacy on key issues from a student perspective.
  • Representatives from the NRHSN attend and present at conferences of national significance, and leadership seminars.
  • NRHSN provides Alumni support through email communication and a bi annual newsletter. The Executive acknowledge that Alumni support is an area that requires more focus. As there are very few opportunities to train in rural and remote areas, graduates are moving back to city and establishing roots.
  • NRSHN hopes to pursue engagement, encourage post graduate training in rural areas, attendance at conferences, meeting rural health professionals and remaining in environment to think about rural health in the future.
  • One of the strengths of the NRHSN is that it is multi-disciplinary and encourages the importance of team work amongst health professionals.
Questions and Discussion
  • There is varied involvement and engagement between RCSs and the rural health clubs at different universities. The NRHSN encourages clubs to go to rural locations. There is often a disconnect between Schools and the student club. The NRHSN has prepared a collection of documents to be delivered to Presidents of student clubs with the intent of encouraging engagement with Schools.
  • It was suggested that Rural Clinical Schools should also approach their student clubs and discuss ways to engage.
  • NRHSN is interested in working collaboratively with FRAME on the development of rural training pathways / training opportunities in rural areas.
  • FRAME can assist the NRHSN by providing positive rural experiences for students. The NRHSN’s “Optimising rural placements” guide – outlines what students think is important to provide.
  • Ausframe provides a mechanism to access stakeholders, opinions and could be a resource for the student group.