‘Rural journey’: Health students tour southwest Qld
VARIOUS allied health, nursing and medical students will be given the opportunity to travel to southwest Queensland to connect with rural communities, network with local health professionals, undertake clinical skills and experience community and rural lifestyle through the GROW Rural program.
Health Workforce Queensland's GROW Rural Program in central Queensland has been successful in its short history.
The three-year commitment has seen health students immerse themselves in communities in central Queensland since 2017, with some returning to complete their university placements.
Due to the success for the program, Health Workforce Queensland has partnered with Southern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) for the development of an inaugural GROW Rural South West Queensland Event.
A new cohort of health students have been selected to participate for the program which will commence in October.
GROW Rural highlights the professional and personal life students could have when working in rural Queensland and encourages health students to take up rural practice in the future.
Chris Mitchell, the CEO of Health Workforce Queensland elaborates on why a second program was created.
"Only a few years ago, GROW Rural was just an idea. After the outstanding success of GROW Rural Central Queensland, a partnership with Southern Queensland Rural Health was formed so more health students could have the opportunity to be part of rural communities and discover how integral rural health professionals are to community wellbeing," he said.
During the 2020 GROW Rural event, students will:
• Undertake general practice tours in Roma and St George
• Participate in a Talking Circle facilitated by local health professionals
• Learn about the cattle industry at the Roma Saleyards
• Watch 'The Big Rig Sunset Experience'
• Experience community hospitality
• Develop cultural awareness
• Enjoy local food including a night out at Riversands, St George
• Participate in clinical skill sessions with local health professionals
• Celebrate Indigenous culture in St George
"Southern Queensland Rural Health are excited to be partnering with Health Workforce Queensland for the South West Queensland GROW Rural," Associate Professor Geoff Argus said.
"We look forward to being part of this new cohort's rural journey over the next three years of the program and hope that by growing student appreciation of rural practice during their student years they will return as qualified health professionals to a rural community.
"We also hope to see the students undertake placements in South West Queensland to strengthen the connections they made during GROW Rural."