Going Rural Health provides a number of education options to rural placement students and health professionals, in a number of formats: online education, public webinars and webinar recordings, and virtual or face to face education. Please see the information below for more details.


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 going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au


There are currently 7 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.

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 going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au

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 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 education team:

Cultural Training

Duration: Full day or two half-days (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.

Basics in Supervision

Duration: 3 hours

Target Audience: Staff new to student supervision experience


Provides novice supervisors with knowledge and skills to prepare and provide a quality placement experience for students. Addresses the question: What do students want in an educator? 

Clinical Communication

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students


Provides students with an understanding of the importance of accurate documentation and handover, and the implications of doing it poorly. (For 1st year students only). ISBAR and flow on effects of communication.

Advanced Supervision Workshop

Duration: Full day

Target Audience: Experienced supervisors


A short course for Health Professionals

Join the Excellence in Clinical Teaching fellows from the University of Melbourne – Going Rural Health Team for a stimulating and intensive advanced clinical supervision course. This course is designed to promote improvements in clinical supervision and capacity.

This course is designed for Health professionals from any discipline with more than 2 years’ experience in supervising students or colleagues or may have a leadership role in clinical education in the workplace.

Topics include:

  • Providing feedback
  • Setting expectations
  • Delegation
  • Having challenging conversations with students
  • Managing the at-risk learner

We also spend time discussing the different types of learners you may encounter.

Managing Your Professional Identity

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Graduates


Develop an understanding of your professional identity and how this is relevant in the workplace, as well as when you are not at work. How this works in the context of use of social media platforms for professional and personal uses.


Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff


Develop an understanding of pathology, and the importance of correct specimen collection to ensure accurate and timely results.

Providing Feedback

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Staff with some supervision experience


Session focused on further developing skills in giving effective feedback to students. This session looks at formal and non-formal feedback and aims to promote change and development in students.

Receiving Feedback

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and New Graduates


Knowledge and skills to improve the feedback you can receive from others. Reduce your anxiety around receiving feedback and develop ways to use and implement the feedback you receive.


Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff


This program approaches self-care. Along the way we will get to know and appreciate how amazing our bodies really are and what the foundation blocks to good emotional self-care look like. The session covers a range of simple activities that, with practice, can make us less stressed.

Resilence Workshop

Duration: 3 hours

Target Audience: Students and Staff


You will get to know and appreciate the foundation blocks of resilience, how to incorporate it into your work/life practices, and what good emotional self-care looks like. The session covers a range of simple activities that, with practice, can make us more resilient and less stressed.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Target Audience: Staff who supervise students


Do you currently, or would you like to, supervise multiple students at the same time? This session looks at ways multiple students can be supervised in a peer learning model, encouraging students to learn from each other as well as supervisor, and to develop their independence, autonomy, teamwork, and reflective skills.

The Grieving Health Professional

Duration: 3 hours

Target Audience: All


Aims to raise awareness of the nature of grief in the context of working in health. It explores the experience of grief as a normal response to loss, as well as a discussion on vicarious trauma and burnout. It finishes with some thoughts on prevention and remedies.

Teams and Teamwork

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students


Simulation based workshop focusing on teamwork and the role of different members in a team. Discusses how people fit into the team, and how negotiation works to achieve positive outcomes and enables people to work effectively with others. 


Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff


Develop a basic understanding about blood groups, blood products, and transfusions.

The Upset Patient Protocol

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff


It matters to us that our patients and clients are satisfied with the service they receive. Unfortunately, there are occasions when they are not, which leaves them angry and complaining, and us stressed and upset. This presentation takes attendees through a respectful and validating protocol-based way of achieving a win-win situation.

Blood Gas Interpretation

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff


This session breaks down the various tests in a blood gas panel, and how each reflects the acid-base status of the body. Different types of acid-base imbalance in the body are explored, with their associated clinical signs and symptoms. Attendees are shown how the test results can be evaluated to try to determine the type of acid-base disorder present, and probable causes.

Time Management

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff


Have you wondered how it is that some people seem to have enough time to do everything they want and not be overwhelmed, whereas others are always rushing and appear to be in a stress zone?

Is it just the former have less to do? No, it’s more likely they are using their time more effectively and practicing good time management and self-care skills.


Duration: 1-2 hours

Target Audience: Students and Staff


Attendees will learn about their own predominant communication styles, learn to communicate effectively with all stakeholders, and fix common communication issues. Can be slightly tailed to the attendee group.

Managing Team Members' Mental Health

Duration: 3 hours, or 1 hour Zoom

Target Audience: Staff


This topic is designed primarily for managers and supervisors but has benefit for all participants in middle or above organisational positions.   

The topic is presented as a case study and discussion and addresses: 

  • Definitions of mental health and illness 
  • The concept of workplace emotional safety 
  • Brief overview of the common mental health conditions presenting in the workplace 
  • Common workplace behaviours that may be suggestive of an emerging mental health conditions. 
  • Roles and responsibilities of managers and team members in the context of an affected individual from prevention, initial response through to recovery and return to work. 
  • Responding to the distressed and vulnerable team member. 
Critical Thinking & Clinical Reasoning

Duration: 1-2 hours

Target Audience: Students and Graduate Nurses


This session explores the significance of developing critical thinking abilities in order to practice safe, effective, and professional nursing care for those embarking on their nursing practice.  We also reflect on how the actions of clinical reasoning in the implementation of the nursing process can enhance nursing practice.

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.

If you would like to be notified of future public lectures and webinars, please subscribe to the Going Rural Health monthly newsletter HERE.

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 at: https://medicine.unimelb.edu.au/school-structure/rural-health


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.