During your degree you may undertake professional experience placement in both a metropolitan and rural/remote setting. It is important that you have a broad range of experiences and opportunities to apply your theory and become job ready.
The Commonwealth Government is seeking to increase the number of rural origin health and medical students through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program.
Both rural/remote and metropolitan placements have their benefits. Here are some of the benefits associated with rural placement.
You will experience first hand the lifestyle and work environment in a rural setting. Many practitioners who choose to work in a rural setting do so for the great work/life balance.
Rural Health Centres tend to be multidisciplinary. This means that you are exposed to a diverse range of experiences, which expands your knowledge and capabilities.
There is a shortage of rural health professionals. Experiencing rural practice and engaging with a rural community could entice you to work in that community later on.
You will be supported every step of the way.
There are great opportunities to connect with other College of Health and Medicine students in shared accommodation and the rural student network (e.g. RUSTICA in Tasmania).
Being on placement can be a daunting experience if you are away from home, family, friends and familiar surroundings. This can especially be true in a more rural or remote setting. Rustica is the Tasmanian branch of the National Rural Health Student Network and promote social opportunities for students in rural areas.
You can find upcoming events and connect with other health students on the Rustica Facebook Page
Get connected, stay connected and make the most of your rural professional experience placement.
There are so many great experiences to be had in rural areas. A rural placement provides an opportunity to get amongst great tourism opportunities in places that you otherwise might not visit.
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Accommodation In Rural Tasmania
The University of Tasmania's Centre for Rural Health (CRH) offers accommodation and support for students going on a rural placement in Tasmania. The accommodation is generally located close to health facilities and services, and is offered on a share basis. Rooms are limited, so book early.
You do not have to stay at the university accommodation, you are welcome to source and book your accommodation elsewhere (at your cost) or stay with family and friends.
You can book your accommodation: Accommodation Booking Form
If your placement is in a rural area, the Centre for Rural Health will send you an email regarding accommodation and financial support, and instructions on how to book.
You will receive an email confirming your booking and an information pack will be sent to you in the mail. The information pack includes a site-specific Property Fact Sheet.
Your accommodation information pack includes a Property Fact Sheet containing important information about your accommodation. The Property Fact Sheet contains the property address, the Property Manager's contact details, a list of nearby health facilities, Internet passwords, and site specific advice such as car parking restrictions and rubbish collection days.
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