University rural health clubs: nurturing the future Austalian rural workforce

Turner, Joseph and Scott, Lydia M. (2007) University rural health clubs: nurturing the future Austalian rural workforce. Rural and Remote Health, 7 3: 1-11.

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Author Turner, Joseph
Scott, Lydia M.
Title University rural health clubs: nurturing the future Austalian rural workforce
Journal name Rural and Remote Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1445-6354
Publication date 2007-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 7
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Deakin West, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Rural Health Education Network
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Australian university rural health clubs (RHC) are part of a national strategy to address the rural health workforce shortage. The student members of these clubs throughout Australia comprise the National Rural Health Network (NRHN). The NRHN is a multidisciplinary body representing medical, nursing and allied health students, aiming to increase the health workforce and health outcomes for rural and remote Australians. The NRHN and its constituent clubs run a variety of activities to promote rural careers to both school-aged and university students. These have included events at local, state and national levels.

The purpose of the present article is to describe the roles and activities of RHC and the NRHN as they aim to contribute towards developing a sustainable rural workforce. Key features of RHC and the NRHN are:
(1) providing positive rural experiences;
(2) peer promotion of rural health;
(3) personal and professional development;
(4) providing a volunteer workforce for
rural health initiatives; and
(5) cross-disciplinary interaction. The NRHN is currently investigating methods to quantify the impact of the RHC on the career choices of potential rural health professionals.

Lessons learned:

The NRHN and its constituent clubs are student-driven initiatives occupying a unique place in addressing the rural workforce shortage. Although little formal evidence exists for their success, the issues raised in this article illustrate their importance and broader benefits in this field.
Keyword Health science students
Pre-graduation strategies
Positive experience
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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