Sup­port­ing Students

CRANAplus has always prid­ed itself on its engage­ment with Stu­dents. There has been a long stand­ing tra­di­tion to active­ly sup­port stu­dents, in the inter­ests of pro­mot­ing remote health as a career choice, and thus ensur­ing for a future remote workforce.

This has been pur­sued pre­dom­i­nant­ly through the Nation­al Rur­al Health Student’s Net­work (NRHSN) and at State and Ter­ri­to­ry lev­el with var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ty rur­al health clubs. We are com­mit­ted to being respon­sive to indi­vid­ual stu­dents and new grad­u­ates’ requests about rur­al and remote health.

In part­ner­ship with NRHSN, we aim to sup­port new grad­u­ates to con­sid­er a career in remote prac­tice, through a num­ber of spe­cif­ic activities:

  • Our Path­way to Remote Pro­fes­sion­al Prac­tice’ book­let pro­vides resources and infor­ma­tion to help out­line what is required for stu­dents and new grad­u­ates to be well pre­pared and con­fi­dent in going remote, bush’.
  • Sup­port­ing Clin­i­cal Place­ments is a vital and impor­tant ele­ment of this rela­tion­ship. It is well known that a pos­i­tive under­grad­u­ate stu­dent expe­ri­ence in a sup­port­ive, informed place­ment strong­ly influ­ences future career choices.

Our role in this space includes advo­cat­ing for, and pro­mot­ing of the avail­abil­i­ty of remote place­ments for under­grad­u­ates with both remote health ser­vices and the universities.

  • The Remote and Rur­al Men­tor­ing Pro­gram avail­able for health stu­dents and new grad­u­ates who would like to link with remote health pro­fes­sion­als. The pro­gram focus­es on build­ing capa­bil­i­ties in clin­i­cal lead­er­ship, deci­sion – mak­ing, net­work­ing and resilience dur­ing place­ments and new­ly employed.
  • We strong­ly sup­port the impor­tance of stu­dents and new grad­u­ates tak­ing care of them­selves whilst in remote and iso­lat­ed areas by pro­vid­ing CRANAplus Bush Sup­port Ser­vice — a 24-hour con­fi­den­tial psy­chol­o­gist dri­ven phone line (1800 805 391) and Self-care and Stress Man­age­ment Work­shops tai­lored to your needs.
  • Nation­al Rur­al Health Stu­dent Net­work (NRHSN) When the Cow­pat hits the Wind­mill” (2008) avail­able here.

We sup­port and promote:

  • Opti­mis­ing Clin­i­cal Place­ment Guide­lines’: NRHSN July 2012, avail­able here.
  • Clin­i­cal place­ment schol­ar­ships for under­grad­u­ate remote place­ment.
  • Atten­dance at CRANAplus con­fer­ence and encour­age stu­dents to present, in a col­le­gial sup­port­ive environment.
  • Net­work­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, to engage with remote clinicians
  • The CRANAplus Edu­ca­tion Divi­sion pro­vides Stu­dent Cours­es such as Remote Emer­gency Course (REC) and Mid­wifery Emer­gency Course (MEC) places are organ­ised through NRHSN for stu­dents to attend
  • Our Stu­dent and New Grad­u­ate Sub­com­mit­tee, will morph into a Com­mu­ni­ty of inter­est”. This will then pro­vide a forum for stu­dents and new grad­u­ates to raise issues, and net­work — watch this space.
  • Being the First Port of Call for new grad­u­ates ask­ing about career advise, men­tor­ing, sup­port, we will put you in touch with rur­al and remote health pro­fes­sion­als or resources that are able to help.
  • NRHSN Alum­ni pro­vides oppor­tu­ni­ty for pre­vi­ous Nation­al Rur­al Health Stu­dent Net­work (NRHSN) mem­bers to con­tin­ue to net­work with mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary health pro­fes­sion­als who have a pas­sion for remote and rur­al health.

UDRH Stu­dent Infor­ma­tion Guide

The Aus­tralian Rur­al Health Edu­ca­tion Net­work (ARHEN), estab­lished in 2001, is the peak body for the 11 Uni­ver­si­ty Depart­ments of Rur­al Health (UDRH) locat­ed in every State and the NT. It receives core fund­ing from the Depart­ment of Health and is co-fund­ed by its mem­ber UDRHs.

Each UDRH is a leader in mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary rur­al health edu­ca­tion, research and the devel­op­ment of inno­v­a­tive ser­vice mod­els. They are the only rural­ly based aca­d­e­m­ic facil­i­ties that are mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, work at under­grad­u­ate and post grad­u­ate lev­els and also with the exist­ing work­force. The UDRH pro­gram is fund­ed by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment Depart­ment of Health.

Mem­ber UDRHs are well estab­lished, diverse and com­ple­men­tary, form­ing the most sig­nif­i­cant rur­al health aca­d­e­m­ic con­sol­i­da­tion in Australia.

UDRHs are focused on expand­ing and enhanc­ing the rur­al and remote health work­force through mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary edu­ca­tion and train­ing, research, pro­fes­sion­al sup­port and ser­vice development.

A key role of the UDRHs is to pro­vide and coor­di­nate rur­al and remote place­ments for health stu­dents across Australia.

Click here to down­load a copy of the UDRH Stu­dent Infor­ma­tion Guide.

Opti­mis­ing Clin­i­cal Place­ment Guidelines

CRANAplus is pleased to endorse the NRHSN doc­u­ment Opti­mis­ing Clin­i­cal Place­ment Guidelines”

This doc­u­ment was devel­oped by the NRHSN to offer a stu­dent per­spec­tive to place­ment providers in an effort to pro­vide a con­sis­tent­ly high stan­dard of placement.

CRANAplus sup­ports the oppor­tu­ni­ty for stu­dents to gain clin­i­cal place­ment expe­ri­ence in remote health set­tings how­ev­er with the caveat that the place­ment must not com­pro­mise com­mu­ni­ty, health ser­vice employ­ees or the stu­dents. It is imper­a­tive that any clin­i­cal place­ments’ are opti­mised to ensure a pos­i­tive expe­ri­ence for all involved.

Click here to down­load a copy of the doc­u­ment.