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Subject: Top 10 for Rural Health - March 2017

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March 2017

A monthly snapshot of how Rural Health Workforce Australia and the national network of Rural Workforce Agencies are making a difference to rural and remote health.



Ten university health students are heading to Cairns to attend the National Rural Health Conference, thanks to a new scholarship provided by HESTA super fund in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia. The scholarship winners, including two Indigenous students, were chosen from more than 150 applicants from Rural Health Clubs affiliated with the National Rural Health Student Network.


Practice 'builder'

NSW RDN collaborated with Gunnedah Rural Health Centre on the appointment of a doctor in the new role of Director of Medical Services. Dr Martin Joldowski-Tan will assist in the recruitment of doctors to the practice, training and supervising registrars, and work to build the capacity of doctors to take on leadership and supervision roles of junior doctors. See story


Health awards

Eighteen rural doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, practice managers, medical specialists and health students have been recognised at the Victorian Rural Health Awards, hosted by RWAV. See this year's winners


GROW Rural

Health Workforce Queensland has launched its new GROW Rural program for medical, nursing and allied health students. Each year for three years, 35 undergraduate health students will visit rural Queensland communities to experience comprehensive clinical practice and connect with local residents and health professionals. Applications for the first intake close Friday 7 April.


Internship advice

Nearly 100 final year medical students have attended 'Applying for Internship' workshops, facilitated by MDA National and hosted by Rural Health West. The workshops covered WA's intern application process, resume writing skills and advice on addressing selection criteria. Participants heard from a Resident Medical Officer who had recently undergone the intern application process.


Go Rural NT

Six Rural Health Club members from across Australia took part in Northern Territory PHN's immersive Go Rural program, 7-13 March. Starting in Darwin, they attended a cultural awareness session sponsored by NTGPE. Next stop was the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education followed by visits to health centres at Barunga and Katherine, including the local hospital. Territory health professionals spoke to the students about the professional and lifestyle rewards of health careers in the NT. A number of Go Rural students from this year's program and previous years have arranged placements in the NT.


Life cycle

Ten medical students from the University of Tasmania donned their stack hats for a mountain bike challenge combined with pre-hospital emergency skills on Saturday 18 March. It was all part of the Go Rural event hosted by HR+ Tasmania. Special thanks to Ambulance Tasmania for their support with the outdoor skills stations.



Third year medical student and NSW RDN Cadet, Jenny Stokes, was given the opportunity to accompany Associate Professor John Eden, a gynaecologist and reproductive endocrinologist, on his monthly outreach clinic at Pius X Aboriginal Medical Centre in Moree. Jenny said the experience had "truly nurtured my passion for obstetrics and gynaecology as well as rural women's health". See story


Go Rural WA

Fourteen final year medical, nursing and allied health students attended Rural Health West's recent Go Rural experience. They travelled to the wheatbelt town of Moora where they took part in emergency medical scenarios overseen by local GPs and volunteer St John's Ambulance officers plus a suturing workshop run by a rural GP. They also met members of the community at a sheep shearing demonstration.



South Australia's Rural Workforce Agency, RDWA, has donated more than $9,000 to the Cancer Council's Greenhill and Flinders Lodges. The money came from doctors who opted to donate the fee they would otherwise have received for completing RDWA's GP survey. See story


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