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NRHSN and AMSA update
Student Representative - Ankur Verma, NRHSN Allied Health Officer
  • The NRHSN provides a voice for students interested in improving health outcomes for rural and remote Australians
  • Provides rural health careers to students, with the aim of addressing the workforce shortage in rural Australia
  • There are 28 Rural Health clubs throughout Australia
  • The NRHSN helps to develop Rural Professionals buy offering Rural Health publications and resources, assists with Rural Health conference funding, provides Club Support and Advocacy on key issues
  • NRHSN activities include Club events, Rural High School visits and Indigenous community engagement activities
  • 2015 priorities include:
    • Rural and remote training pathways
    • Positive rural experiences
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
    • Mental Health training for all health students
    • The Mental Health Guide ‘When the Cowpat hits the Windmill’ has been updated and a copy can be downloaded at The Guide is a resource written by students for students focusing on mental health issues faced by Australia's future rural and remote workforce while on placement or working out bush.  It was developed by the NRHSN in conjunction with beyondblue: the national depression initiative for medical, nursing and allied health students.
AMSA student representatives were Skye Kinder and Sophie Alpen.
  • Common requests to AMSA included:
  •        Increased presence within social media channels
  •        Greater rural focus at AMSA national events
  •        Greater publicity of rural events and opportunities
  •        Connections with RHC’s
  • Misconception about the relationship between Rural and Indigenous Health
  • AMSA’s key priorities are:
    •     Promotion
    •        Resources
    •        National events
    •        Connections
    •       Advocacy
  • On 13th April 2015 AMSA established a Rural Health Committee consisting of 6 students from around Australia. It has a flat organisational structure and will have a project based workload
  • Achievements to date were:
    •        A new Branding and logo
    •        Establishing social media presence
    •        Re-establishing links with national stakeholders
    •        Review of AMSA rural health policy
  • Future plans included:
    •        Further website development
    •        Rural elective resources
    •        Rural elective bursary promotion
    •        Addressing myths and misconceptions around rural health
Discussion was started on the NRHSN and AMSA’s view on whether the continuation of a national JFPP should be managed through ACRRM in partnership with the work of the RCS network or replacing it with 14 separate operations within each RCS.
Due to time constraints, the chair thanked the students from NRHSN and AMSA for briefing the meeting and suggested that for those interested parties, the discussion could continue during the lunch break.