Online Education

Going Rural Health education you can access online, anytime.

Most online education provided by Going Rural Health is located in the new Going Rural Health Learning Centre. Information about the topics and how to access them can be found by expanding the section below.

Students ONLY: Mulana Gurranyin: A Cultural Learning Journey, is a cultural training package for students. It can be accessed by expanding the Mulana Gurranyin section below.

For more information or assistance, contact the Going Rural Health team at

There are currently 10 free courses available on the Going Rural Health Learning Centre:

  • Introduction to Rural Practice: Recently updated, this course provides students and those new to rural health with information relevant to practicing rurally.
  • Giving & Receiving Effective Feedback: What is your feedback style? Find out how to best receive and give feedback for best learning outcomes.
  • Communication: How do you communicate? Find out how can you improve your own communication and that within your teams.
  • Wellbeing & Resilience: This program approaches resilience from cognitive behavioural theory (CBT) and positive psychology perspectives for personal wellbeing.
  • Social Media Posting – Implications for Health Professionals: This short course is designed to explore the uses and misuses of social media from a health professional’s perspective for the purpose of developing safer use.
  • Responding Effectively to Upset Patients or Family: This course is designed to provide you with the skills and a method of dealing with such people – efficiently, effectively and respectfully – so that they are in the best position to have their dissatisfaction reversed and the problem resolved if possible.
  • Critical Thinking & Clinical Reasoning: This topic discusses what critical thinking is and how to implement into your everyday practice as a health practitioner.
  • 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.
  • Human Rights in Healthcare: In this course you will learn about Human Rights, and how they apply to rural healthcare.
  • NIGEL Series: Going Rural Health’s New Interdisciplinary Graduate Education & Learning (NIGEL) Series covers a number of topics that are especially useful to new graduate health professionals, including those encompassing the transferable skills that are so essential  when working in healthcare.

Access the Learning Centre HERE.

Mulana Gurranyin – Strong Spirit

This is a multi-part online cultural training package, which Going Rural Health medical, nursing and allied students can access, developed by Robynne Nelson. Robynne is a Yorta Yorta woman and some content will be specific to the Yorta Yorta Nation.

To get access to the training:

  • Register for GRH website HERE. You will automatically receive an activation email (please check your junk mail for this if it doesn’t show up in your inbox) and you must activate your account via the link provided. Remember to retain your USER ID and password for the next step.
  • Go to the Mulana Gurranyin cultural training portal HERE, enter your login details, and click ‘login with GRH SSO’. 
  • You can then access the course by clicking on ‘modules’.
  • The site will remember where you are up to in the training if you do not complete it all at once. 

If you have any questions, please contact the Going Rural Health team at

Virtual/Face to Face Education

The Going Rural Health Team provide education directly to students who are on placements, focused on interdisciplinary and transferable skills.  Education can also be provided to staff working with students. 

Lists of scheduled education sessions are available online. Bookings essential. See the links below to access information about upcoming sessions and to book.

Supervisors/staff: Lists of sessions and bookings via Eventbrite HERE

Students: Lists of sessions and bookings via StarRez ‘Upcoming Events’ HERE.


All sessions are free for students. Sessions for staff over 1 hour duration may incur a small fee, which increases with session length.

Should you wish to host a session please see detailed information about the education topics available in the section below. 

For further information, or to book an education session on any of the topics listed, please contact the Going Rural Health team at


Duration: Full day (see sessions for details)

Target Audience: Students and Staff


The Going Rural Health team provide Cultural Training sessions across Ballarat, Shepparton and Wangaratta for staff and students to attend. The sessions are held regularly throughout the year; for upcoming sessions, visit our Eventbrite page HERE.

Workshops are facilitated by local traditional owners in each region. For details of the facilitators, see the Cultural Training page HERE.

‘Wellbeing Matters’ Workshop

Duration: 1-3 hours

Target Audience: Students, New Gradutes and Staff


Health professionals have an innate understand that wellbeing matters, yet we often focus on the health and wellbeing of others, and not our own. Prioritising wellbeing is crucial in enabling us to feel good and function well in life, both professionally and personally.  This interactive workshop focusses on developing participants understanding of what wellbeing is, why is matters, and how we can apply evidence-based strategies to develop wellbeing. The session provides an opportunity to connect, reflect and explore practical tools for enhancing wellbeing in oneself, and in others. The content of this session is relevant to all health professionals and students, and can be customised to meet the specific needs of the group.

Session topics include:

  • Understanding wellbeing and relevant terminology
  • Overview of application of wellbeing science
  • Evidence based building blocks of wellbeing
  • Wellbeing in context of rural health
  • Personalised wellbeing profile/ plan

The Going Rural Health team can run as-needed Wellbeing sessions virtually or face-to-face, by arrangement.

Please contact the Going Rural Health team to organise your session at

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students


This quick session gives students some simple – and often unusual – ways to manage their stress, and in a safe space discuss with other students what stresses them. This is available virtually, or face to face in some regions.

Please contact the Going Rural Health team to organise your session at

Duration: 1-3 hours

Target Audience: Students, New Graduates, and Staff


This workshop covers all aspects of communication – how individuals communicate, verbal and non-verbal communication, barriers to effective communication, and communication enablers. The workshop can also be adapted to direct it to areas of need or where issues occur, though will not specifically cover clinical communication.

It is available virtually, or face to face in some regions.

Please contact the Going Rural Health team to organise your session at

Infographics, Public Lectures & Webinars

A number of infographics, & public lectures and webinars (including recordings) are available through Going Rural Health and the University of Melbourne.

Please see below for videos of recorded webinars that are available.

‘Life Beyond Coronavirus’

Professor Shitij Kapur, FRCPC, PhD, FMedSci, former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) at the University of Melbourne, hosted a seven-part panel series ‘Life Beyond Coronavirus’ with an impressive panel of specialists in their fields. These can all be viewed at this link: Life Beyond Coronavirus


Department of Rural Health Public Webinar Series

The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health has hosted a number of public webinars, including those discussing COVID-19. All webinars have been recorded and are available on the Department of Rural Health website HERE.

This is a fantastic infographic video, a joint project by Going Rural Health and Charles Sturt University (CSU), which outlines the scope of Occupational Therapy (OT) practice. The video was produced by Johanna Kyriakou from the University of Melbourne, using content compiled by CSU OT students completing a virtual placement, with support from Going Rural Health.

Watch the video below:

This lecture provides both staff and students with an introduction to Aboriginal Health and the structures preventing health and wellness in the Aboriginal community. 

It is recommended as a pre-requisite to the cultural training sessions offered or for anyone interested in increasing their understanding of Aboriginal Health.