Going Rural Health is a Commonwealth funded initiative to support health students complete rural clinical placements.

The Going Rural Health Team provide education to students who are on placements focused on interdisciplinary skills.  We also provide education on student supervision skills to staff working with students.

Currently organised sessions can be found on Eventbrite HERE and on 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 the Education Topics available below. To enquire to book an education session on any of the topics listed, you can email us at going-ruralhealth@unimelb.edu.au.

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

Outline:

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

Overview:

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

Overview:

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.

EXCITE Advanced Supervision Workshop

Duration: Full day

Target Audience: Experienced supervisors

Overview:

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

Outline: 

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.

Pathology

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff

Outline:

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

Outline:

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

Outline:

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.

Self-Care

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff

Outline:

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

Outline:

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.

Snake Bite Envenomation

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Nursing staff and students

Outline:

This session provides information about Victorian venomous snakes, including symptoms of envenomation, mechanism of action, laboratory testing, and treatment.

Peer Assisted Learning (PAL)

Duration: 2-3 hours

Target Audience: Staff who supervise students

Outline:

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

Outline:

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

Outline:

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. 

Transfusion

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff

Outline:

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

The Upset Patient Protocol

Duration: 1 hour

Target Audience: Students and Staff

Outline:

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

Outline:

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

Outline:

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.

Communication

Duration: 1-2 hours

Target Audience: Students and Staff

Outline:

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

Outline:

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

Outline:

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.