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Online Introduction to Rural Practice

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17 lessons
1 quiz
514 students

Hello and welcome.

This online session provides an introduction to rural health practice.  The course is made up of 3 sections. Each section can be accessed by the curriculum tab. To keep track of your progress through the course, work through each section and at the bottom of each page click on ‘complete’. This MUST be done to register you have completed the course.

The first section provides an introduction to rural health.  The second section presents 6 key concepts to consider when working in rural health settings:

            • Access to health care
            • Generalist practice
            • Overlapping relationships
            • Inter-professional team practice
            • Cultural safety & cultural security
            • Models of health care

Following discussion of each of these six concepts, the third section provides a case study for you to work through.  We think this online module will take you 60 minutes to complete.

Before we discuss each of the concepts, we present some background information on rural health.


Course Certificate

Once you have completed the course, you will be directed to complete a quiz that tests understanding of the topics covered. After successful completion of the quiz (and recording of course completion) you will be eligible for a course certificate. Your certificate will always be available when you log in, but the certificate can also be copied and saved for your records.




Professor Lisa Bourke

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Professor Lisa Bourke:
Director, University Department of Rural Health,
The University of Melbourne.

Lisa facilitates and oversees all of the activities of the UDRH, which involves the Aboriginal Health team and research teams examining three streams of Culturally Inclusive Rural Healthcare, Rural Chronic Ill-health and Rural Health Workforce. Lisa designed the expansion of the Going Rural Health team in 2016 to support existing students undertaking placements in our region, to bring new students to our region and to develop new placements, particularly in areas of health need.