The Going Rural Health Newsletter
Edition 27 - August 2022
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Welcome to Going Rural Health News! Going Rural Health News is the publication of new and relevant information about all things related to rural clinical placements, education and rural health, from the Going Rural Health team. Team members are located in Ballarat, Shepparton and Wangaratta.

A number of our regional and rural hospitals were named in the recent media release announcement about undergraduate (2nd and 3rd year) student nurse and midwife positions that have been created to assist in patient care and to provide support to the health workforce, while giving students practical experience. Hospitals in our footprint include Albury Wodonga Health, East Grampians Health Service, GV Health, Grampians Health (Ballarat and Horsham), Kyabram & District Health & Tallangatta Health Service. Going Rural Health will, as always, be available to assist health services in supporting this student workforce, by providing mentoring assistance and education as required. 

With the increase in respiratory illnesses it is remaining difficult to maintain health services. Sanitising regularly, and wearing masks when you can't socially distance, is more important than ever. Stay vigilant and stay healthy everyone!

 The Going Rural Health team

In this month's edition:

Going Rural Health student support

Student Health & Wellbeing Support

Going Rural Health People & Promotions

Going Rural Health Student Events

Rural Placements wanted!

Rural Job Vacancies

Going Rural Health Education

University of Melbourne Events & Webinars

External Education & Resources

Going Rural Health and University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) Research

Going Rural Health Website

Going Rural Health Student Support

Going Rural Health supports students to complete rural clinical placements. Support includes financial assistance, subsidised accommodation in selected areas, education, mentoring support, student activities, & cultural training.  For financial assistance, eligible students may only receive EITHER subsidised accommodation at University of Melbourne owned housing (where available, subject to availability) OR a financial payment for their placement (not both). Financial payment is calculated per day of attendance at placement.

From 2022, longer placements and those in smaller rural centres will attract more financial assistance. More information on the Going Rural Health Student Support Scheme, including how to apply & eligibility criteria, is available HERE.

As always, we are trying to ensure that students get the best placement experience possible. Please help us to do this by directing students to complete our Student Placement Survey. It is a short online survey that should only take students 10-15 minutes to complete.

Student Health & Wellbeing Support

There are a number of wellbeing supports available to students while they are on placement. Details are available on the Going Rural Health website on our 'Online Resources for Students page, and also outlined below:

  1. CRANA Plus Bush Support Services: Toll free 24hr free phone counselling service for those in rural areas, including students while they are on placement. Phone 1800 805 391 anytime.
  2. CRANA Plus free course: Adapting Self-Care Practices During Clinical Placement
  3. National Rural Health Student Network Mental Health guide: When the Cowpat Hits the Windmill
  4. The Going Rural Health Wellbeing & Resilience course:

    To access the course, follow this link HERE.

    You will need to register for the website (if you haven’t already), log-in to the website, and enrol to complete the course.

    If you have any issues with access please contact the team at going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au

  5. Health & Wellbeing Service – telehealth appointments:

    The Rural Clinical School offers telehealth counselling services while students are on placement. Please see the link HERE for more details and to book an appointment.


Going Rural Health People & Promotions

The work of Going Rural Health has recently been highlighted in the Wangaratta Chronicle, as part of their Education & Vocational Training feature. See an image of the article below, or view online HERE.

Going Rural Health Student Events

SOUP IN A JAR: Hurry - event ends soon!

It's still cold outside, so the team is running a winter-warmer July student event. The soup is coconut curry, and is gluten free, dairy free and vegan. For the meat eaters out there, chicken or prawns can be added during cooking. 


For more information see the flyer above. Please pass this on to your regional/rural health students.


Numbers are limited, so students should get in early and pick up a jar at their local pick up site between the 11th of July and August 5th.

Submit your short video 

Are you a nursing or allied health student currently completing, or have completed, a regional or rural placement?

We're on the look-out for new stories from our student and alumni community to bring our video projects to life. Scan the QR code or follow the below link to get started:


WANTED: Rural Placements

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a backlog of placements for universities for many disciplines, which will end up leading to delays in students graduating, and as a result less health professionals available for the workforce.


Do you think your organisation might be able to host a nursing or allied health student (or two)? Going Rural Health can help you develop placements and support placement students.


Multiple universities are looking for OT placements between July 4th and the end of the year. These are 1st year observational placements, or 3rd year block placements. Please contact the team for further information, or if you can host any of these students.


For more information please contact Trish Thorpe at  trish.thorpe@unimelb.edu.au

Rural Job Vacancies

The team are now providing another platform for rural and regional organisations to advertise their employment opportunities to our network. Please feel free to send the details of any vacancies for advertising in this newsletter to Trish Thorpe at trish.thorpe@unimelb.edu.au

Going Rural Health Education

Online Going Rural Health Education

Have you seen the Going Rural Health Online Learning Centre on our website? We have a number of free courses for both students and health professionals. To access the Learning Centre visit the webpage HERE. 

Participants will need to register for the website, log-in and enroll in courses. Certificates of completion will be automatically generated upon successful completion of courses. If you have any problems with this process please contact the team at going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au

Courses will be added as they are released, but the site currently has 10 free courses live:

  • New Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Learning (NIGEL) Series: One of our newest courses, this course is targeted towards mostly non-clinical learning for new graduates, especially those working in regional and rural areas. Covering 9 topics, this will help health professionals new to practice with the transferable skills they need in their day-to-day work.
  • Human Rights in Healthcare: This course looks at how human rights apply to healthcare, particularly from a regional/rural lens.
  • Project Supervision for Student Placements: This course provides some tips on selecting and designing placement projects that fit timeframes, student learning requirements, and desired outcomes for all.
  • Online Introduction to Rural Practice: this is our updated course introducing students and new staff to practicing in a rural community. Great for those new to rural health.
  • Wellbeing and Resilience: an updated version of our Resilience module, the course has been moved to the Learning Centre for easier access. Health professionals - including health students - as a group don't tend to look after themselves well; this course gives insight and tips as to how to look after ourselves better.
  • Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback: This is a combination of our original two separate courses (Giving Feedback, and Receiving Feedback), as much of the content was similar. Provides tips to better receive feedback, especially if it is negative, and ways to provide more effective feedback to staff and students.
  • Communication: Tools to optimise your communication skills and ensure the perceived message is the intended message.
  • Social Media Posting for Health Professionals. A package, particularly for young health students or experienced health professionals new to social media, that discusses the pitfalls and risks associated with social media posting on various platforms.
  • Responding Effectively to Upset and Complaining Patients or Family. This course discusses methods to work with these individuals for best outcomes.
  • Critical Thinking & Clinical Reasoning. This topic discusses what critical thinking is and how to implement into your everyday practice as a health practitioner.


Online Cultural Training - for Students ONLY

Going Rural Health, in collaboration with a Yorta Yorta traditional custodian from the Shepparton region, have developed an online cultural training course for students. The course can be accessed via our website HERE.

Education - August/September 2022


In this online workshop you will learn about the four major communication styles and adapting to the communication styles of others.

Course content:

  • Non-verbal communication issues and conflicts
  • Communication barriers and enablers
  • Communication intention vs perception
  • Optimising giving and receiving feedback
  • Future objectives on how to improve your communication

We will also discuss case studies and practice implementing some of the theory presented.


Who: All health professionals and students from any discipline

Where: Online via Zoom

When: Monday 15 August, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Cost: $75

To register for this event please click: HERE.

Students: Please contact Kylie Browne kylie.browne@unimelb.edu.au for free booking link.

Going Rural Health present 'Introduction to Perioperative Practice' for new graduates. This 6-week self-paced program will equip you with the foundational core theory to develop knowledge specific to the operating theatre. 

Course Content:

  • Introduction to the Operative suite
  • Introduction to Asepsis
  • Introduction to the Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU)
  • Patient Assessment & Respiratory Assessment
  • Introduction to Surgical Instrumentation
  • Effective Feedback principles

Who: New graduates that are currently working or intending to work in the perioperative

Where: Online, self-paced learning modules

Intake date: Wednesday 7 September 2022

Cost: $75*

*Limited subsidised places available

To register for this course please click HERE.


Introduction to Supervision Workshop

Workshop-based training that provides an overview and some practical skills for those with limited or no experience in supervision of students.


When:  Wednesday, 7th September 2022, 9am-12pm

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost:    $30

To register for this event please click: HERE.



Student Tutorials 2022

Aimed at students but also suitable for new graduates.

Ownership of Learning: August 31st, 8-9am, via Zoom

Career Readiness Skills: August 24th 8-9am, via Zoom


For more information, and to book, visit the StarRez online events page HERE.

Cultural Competency in Aboriginal Health Training

The Department of Rural Health invites allied health, pharmacy, nursing and medical students from all Universities to participate in a free Cultural Competency in Aboriginal Health training workshop. Robynne Nelson delivers a highly informative and valuable session on Cultural Competency in Aboriginal Health, helping you to increase your skills and knowledge for working with Indigenous people and communities in a more culturally appropriate and effective way.

Shepparton details:

When:  Thursday 4th August, 9.30am-3.30pm

             Thursday 13th October, 9.30am-3.30pm

Where: University of Melbourne Rural Campus, 49 Graham St Shepparton


Wangaratta details:

When:   Thursday 8th September, 9.30am-3.30pm

Where: University of Melbourne Rural Campus, 'The Chalet' Docker St, Wangaratta


Shepparton and Wangaratta workshops are for STUDENTS ONLY. COVID-19 requirements apply.

Bookings essential. For more information, and to book, visit http://go.unimelb.edu.au/9u7i


Ballarat details:

The Going Rural Health team at the University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health invites all nursing and allied health students to participate in Aboriginal Cultural Insight Experience Virtual Workshops. Nursing and allied health university and health service staff are also welcome to attend. Traditional Owner Bonnie Chew will conduct virtual cultural awareness workshops introducing students and staff to past and present Aboriginal Australia. These sessions will give students and staff an insight into the Aboriginal history in Australia and an opportunity to discuss meeting the health and well-being needs of today’s community in a meaningful and culturally appropriate manner.

When: Rescheduled - Wednesday 10th August, 9.30am-4.30pm.

            Wednesday 30th November, 9.30am-4.30pm

Where: University of Melbourne Rural Campus, 806 Mair St, Ballarat.

Cost: Staff $30. Students: FREE. 

COVID-19 requirements apply.

Bookings essential. To book, visit our Eventbrite page HERE.

NOTE: Students - please contact Trish Thorpe trish.thorpe@unimelb.edu.au for FREE student booking links.


Please contact the education team via the Going Rural Health email address: going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au  for details of all education, if any issues with bookings, or to book a virtual session from the education list at Education topics.

University of Melbourne Webinars & Events

The Department of Rural Health invites you to attend the 7th annual Ngar-wu Wanyarra Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Conference.  This year our conference will be held in-person at The University of Melbourne, Department of Rural Health, 49 Graham St Shepparton on Yorta Yorta Country with an online option if you prefer. 

We are currently finalising our conference program with Keynote Speakers Adam Goodes and Sue-Anne Hunter (Yoorrook Justice Commission) and over 20 abstracts from First Nation presenters across Australia.  Conference updates can be viewed on the Department of Rural Health website. https://go.unimelb.edu.au/7iie.


Please register online at https://go.unimelb.edu.au/9ree by COB Wednesday 21 September 2022. 


Ticket prices

Attending Face to Face

$100 Conference - Non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be included)

$40 Conference - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be included)

Attending Online

$60 Conference - Non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people

$25 Conference - Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people


$50 Conference Dinner The dinner will be held in Shepparton, venue details to be confirmed at a later date

$15 Craft Classes – Further details to follow


If you have any further enquiries please contact Ms Di Doyle, Events Coordinator p: 5823 4512 or e: aboriginal-health@unimelb.edu.au.

We hope can you join us for this conference.

MACH-Track Applications Now Open for 2023

MACH-Track is an established program that allows promising health practitioners to integrate career development in research, including a PhD, with completion of postgraduate specialist or generalist training and clinical career development in their health discipline. This exciting scheme is a pilot for development of healthcare leaders that will ensure our nation has the research-active clinical innovators it needs to ensure a healthy future for all Australians.”

Professor Sir John Savill, MACH Executive Director

Visit MACH-Track for eligibility and further details HERE.


Applications close 9am Monday 1st August 2022. For all application submissions and enquires, email mach-track@unimelb.edu.au

 Joint Addiction and Mental Health (JAMH) Sessions.

JAHM Sessions is a program for providers who want to improve the mental health and addictions care for their patients. Led by Associate Professor Ravi Baht and Professor Edward Ogden and facilitated by GV Health Mental Health and Addiction Specialists, the free weekly program is designed to expand the capacity to care for mental health and addictions in the Goulburn Valley region and beyond.

Using real-time, interactive video, providers:

  • Learn new approaches and skills
  • Participate in in-depth clinical case consultation
  • Receive feedback and recommendations
  • Provide expertise to a community of colleagues
  • Earn CPD points

The topic focus for June/July is Forensic Mental Health and Substance Use.


FREE – Thursday sessions. 12.30 – 1.30 via zoom.

Suitable for any provider in primary care, mental health or drug & alcohol service.

For further info on the upcoming session topics and/or to register for the zoom link, please email jamhecho@gvhealth.org.au

External Education & Resources

Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program (AUSCEP)

Helping people improve their health. Most people become clinicians to make a difference in the world.

Sometimes, there are predictable barriers that need to be overcome which often require non-clinical skills that aren't taught in training, such as entrepreneurialism, design thinking and communication.

Based on the highly successful UK NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme, The Australian Clinical Entrepreneur Program aims to up-skill clinicians and accelerate innovation by developing the entrepreneurial and innovation mindset of Australia's healthcare professionals to create positive change for the Australian healthcare system. 


For more information visit https://www.auscep.com.au/


My Allied Health Space is a great resource for allied health professionals and allied health students working in the field of disability.
It provides information, tools and training resources and supports the Allied health capability framework: https://vimeo.com/490266139
To access this great resource, visit the website here: https://www.myalliedhealthspace.org/


AHCEN Complex Case Series

The Allied Health Clinical Educators Network 'Complex Clinical Cases' are a series of online webinars which aim to upskill Allied Health Professionals and promote inter-professional practice.

The intended audience is early years Allied Health Professionals. These free webinars welcome four Allied Health experts from different organisations and professional backgrounds to discuss their experience and approaches in the assessment, treatment and management of a patient with a complex clinical topic.

Case studies will centre around the following topics in 2022:

  • Oncology: Head and Neck Cancer: Wednesday July 27th, 3-4.30pm
  • Acute Neurology: Thursday September 15th, 3-4.30pm

Registrations will open 3-4 weeks prior to each webinar (held via Zoom).

For more details contact alliedhealth.education@rch.org.au


LGBTIQA+ Group Supervision

Want to learn more about working with LGBTIQ+ people as a health professional? Join Lachlan Slade for these group supervision sessions.

For more information, and to book (various dates available), visit https://events.humanitix.com/group-supe#


Allied Health Paediatric Videoconference Series

AUGUST: Improving adherence to treatment

When: Wednesday 24th August, 1-2pm

Presenter: Dr Alice Morgan, Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health RCH

Registration: Via Eventbrite HERE.


SEPTEMBER: The patient, their family, my workplace & beyond: opportunities for advocacy across systems.

When: Tuesday 13th September, 1-2pm

Presenter: Jack Southwell, Social Worker, Social Work Department RCH

Registration: Via Eventbrite HERE.


Registration is via the Eventbrite links and it closes 2 business days before each presentation. It is free to attend and we encourage any health professional interested to view one or all of them.

If you have any questions about this series please email education.outreach@rch.org.au


Free Student Resource From CRANA plus:

Adapting Self-Care Practices During Clinical Placement

The resource is for any student preparing for a placement in a rural or remote setting. To access the resource, visit the webpage HERE. 


Allied Health Clinical Educators Network Clinical Supervision Modules

The Allied Health Clinical Educators’ Network (AHCEN), has released some modules on training staff in clinical supervision. They include:

  • Setting up a clinical supervision relationship
  • Providing effective feedback
  • Developing Clinical Reasoning through Supervision
  • Supporting Wellbeing through Clinical Supervision

For more details see the document HERE.


Head to Help: A Free Mental Health Service For All Victorians

This is a service available through the Primary Health Network (PHN), for Victorians of any age experiencing mental ill-health - whether they have a GP mental health plan or not. The service is FREE, and no appointments are required.

Phone: 1800 595 212 8.30am - 5pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays).

For more details see the website HERE.

NOTE: This is NOT a crisis service.

For urgent support call Lifeline on 13 11 14

Out of hours and weekends call Beyond Blue on 1800 512 348.


Yarning SafeNStrong - A New Counselling Service for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Victorian Aboriginal Health Service has established Yarning SafeNStrong: a free and confidential counselling service for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples. The service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week to people and families who need to have a yarn with someone about their wellbeing.

Phone: 1800 959 563

For more information see the website HERE.


Three Rivers UDRH

Three Rivers UDRH supports health professionals, staff and students by offering free online courses. The following two courses are especially relevant:

Three Rivers UDRH Rural Clinical Placements – How to grow your own course .

Three Rivers UDRH Telehealth - Embracing Technology in Healthcare


Student telehealth placements resource

There is a great resource available from SARRAH about student telehealth placements. It is a copy of the presentation from a recent webinar. Access it via the link below:

SARRAH webinar student TH placements Robyn Gill


PHN resources

WestVic PHN and Murray PHN also have education available in regional and rural areas. See their websites for details of what is on in your region:

WestVic PHN: https://westvicphn.com.au/events-education/upcoming-events/

Murray PHN: https://www.murrayphn.org.au/events/.

Going Rural Health & UDRH Research

The Going Rural Health program sits within the University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) of The University of Melbourne. The UDRH undertakes a number of research projects, some of which relate to student placements - from both the student perspective, and of those who support students (supervisors and placement support staff).


Student Placement Survey

As previously mentioned, Going Rural Health are trying to ensure that students get the best placement experience possible. Please help us to do this by directing students to complete our Student Placement Survey. It is a short online survey that should only take students 10-15 minutes to complete.


Supervisor & Placement Support Staff Survey

Going Rural Health are undertaking a research project to gain a better understanding of rural clinical placements, from the perspective of those who support students (supervisors and placement support staff). Many of you will have already received an email from one of the Going Rural Health team members to invite you to participate, and to encourage you to share the invite with your colleagues. Visit the Going Rural Health webpage HERE for more details.


If you would like any further information on any of these projects, please contact the Going Rural Health team at going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au .

Going Rural Health Website


All our resources for students and staff/supervisors can still be found in the student or staff menus. Please feel free to contact us at going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au if you have any items to add or queries regarding content.

The website has a new videos page, that contains all videos relevant to student rural placements. Find the new page HERE.

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The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health acknowledges the financial support provided by the Australian Government, through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program, for the Going Rural Health program.
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which our campuses are located, pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend that respect to all Indigenous Australians.
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