The Going Rural Health Student Support Scheme has been developed to support students with the associated costs of accommodation and travel when completing a clinical placement in a rural setting throughout Central Victoria, North East Victoria, Ballarat and Grampians regions.

A payment of up to $200* per week for your placement may be available.

Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme (100km or more to placement location)

Where a student needs to travel 100km’s or more to the location of their clinical placement and requires assistance with travel and accommodation costs.
Eligible students can apply for $200/per week of placement, capped at $2500.

  • Students have had to travel a minimum of 100 km’s to arrive at the location for clinical placement.
  • Be an Australian citizen or resident
  • Enrolled in a nationally recognised nursing, allied health or other health science undergraduate or postgraduate degree at an Australian university.  (This includes Aboriginal Health Workers, Audiology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Medical Radiation, Midwifery, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Oral Health, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Public Health, Social Work, Speech Pathology etc.)
  • Undertake a clinical placement within a rural region.
  • Clinical placement is for a minimum of 4 full time weeks (20 continuous full time placement days).  This can be a combination of 1 or more clinical placements, so long as the placements are continuous, and that combined they meet a minimum of 4 weeks in length.
  • Submit Proof of Placement form at the completion of their placement.
  • Adhere to our policy guidelines and the policy guidelines of the clinical placement host at all times.
  • Register all details with the Going Rural Health team either prior to, during or within 60 days of completion of your clinical placement.
  • Successfully complete clinical placement requirement and length.
  • Complete the Rural Health Student Placement Survey within 60 days of completion of your placement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students:

  • Students who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander can apply for placement with a minimum of 2 full time weeks (10 continuous full time placement days).  This can be a combination of 1 or more clinical placements, so long as the placements are continuous, and that combined they meet a minimum of 2 weeks in length.
  • Students are required to to have either their residential address or placement address within our UDRH footprint area (Central Victoria, North East Victoria, Ballarat and Grampians regions).
  • Student mentoring is also available for students.

Distance Education Students

  • Students who are studying via distance education can apply for placement with a minimum of 2 full time weeks (10 continuous full time placement days).  This can be a combination of 1 or more clinical placements, so long as the placements are continuous, and that combined they meet a minimum of 2 weeks in length.
  • Students are required to to have either their residential address or placement address within our UDRH footprint area (Central Victoria, North East Victoria, Ballarat and Grampians regions).
  • Student mentoring is also available for students.

Travel Support Scheme (50-100kms to placement location)

Where a student needs to travel between 50 to 100km’s to the location of their clinical placement and requires assistance with travel costs.
Eligible students can apply for $100/per week of placement, capped at $2500.

      • Students have had to travel a minimum of 50 km’s and up to 100 km’s to arrive at the location for clinical placement.
      • Be an Australian citizen or resident
      • Enrolled in a nationally recognised nursing, allied health or other health science undergraduate or postgraduate degree at an Australian university.  (This includes Aboriginal Health Workers, Audiology, Dentistry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Medical Radiation, Midwifery, Nursing, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Oral Health, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Public Health, Social Work, Speech Pathology etc.)
      • Undertake a clinical placement within a rural region.
      • Clinical placement is for a minimum of 4 full time weeks (20 continuous full time placement days).  This can be a combination of 1 or more clinical placements, so long as the placements are continuous, and that combined they meet a minimum of 4 weeks in length.
      • Submit Proof of Placement form at the completion of their placement.
      • Adhere to our policy guidelines and the policy guidelines of the clinical placement host at all times.
      • Register all details with the Going Rural Health team either prior to, during or within 60 days of completion of your clinical placement.
      • Successfully complete clinical placement requirement and length.
      • Complete the Rural Health Student Placement Survey within 60 days of completion of your placement.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students:

      • Students who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander can apply for placement with a minimum of 2 full time weeks (10 continuous full time placement days).  This can be a combination of 1 or more clinical placements, so long as the placements are continuous, and that combined they meet a minimum of 2 weeks in length.
      • Students are required to to have either their residential address or placement address within our UDRH footprint area (Central Victoria, North East Victoria, Ballarat and Grampians regions).
      • Student mentoring is also available for students.

Distance Education Students

    • Students who are studying via distance education can apply for placement with a minimum of 2 full time weeks (10 continuous full time placement days). This can be a combination of 1 or more clinical placements, so long as the placements are continuous, and that combined they meet a minimum of 2 weeks in length.
    • Students are required to to have either their residential address or placement address within our UDRH footprint area (Central Victoria, North East Victoria, Ballarat and Grampians regions).
    • Student mentoring is also available for students.

Students meeting any of the following criteria, are not eligible to apply for this support scheme:

  • Federation University students are to apply for financial support via the Kickstart program.
  • Have received financial assistance or scholarships from other organisations including SARRAH to support your clinical placement costs
  • International fee paying students
  • Completing placement in Melbourne metro or Geelong regions.

Payment will be made via bank transfer and may take up to 8 weeks to be issued after receipt of all required documentation and completion of clinical placement.

Students are to register no later than the 1st of December for Clinical Placements in the same calendar year.  Following placement completion, the Rural Health Student Placement Survey and Proof of Placement Completion are to be submitted within 60 days.

The Going Rural Health team reserves the right to not award an allowance even if a student believes they meet all the eligibility criteria.

For further information contact the Going Rural Health team via email: going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au

* As of 22nd November 2016 successful applications for the Travel and Accommodation Support Scheme will be eligible for $200 per week and must meet the minimum 100kms travel requirements to their placement location (one way).