Section 1: Introduction

Rural High School Visits (RHSVs) are an integral and rewarding operation of Rural Health Clubs (RHCs) that can achieve so much in such a limited amount of time. RHSVs by RHCs undoubtedly play a significant role in addressing Australia's rural and remote health workforce shortages by encouraging rural and remote school students to aspire to tertiary education in the healthcare profession. 

Aims of the RHSV program: 

  • To help increase your passion for your health career and education 

  • To inspire the next generation of rural healthcare professionals 

  • To increase your knowledge of rural communities’ health, education and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population 

  • To learn a broad range of skills for working in a rural community 

  • To provide you with opportunities to make valuable connections with health workers in the rural communities you visit 

  • To impact rural communities with the provision of educational resources to minimise future health disparities between rural and metro areas. 

WHY? 

Research shows that rural students are more likely to return to their ‘hometown’ communities to live and work when they finish their studies. We have a national shortage of health professionals in rural and remote Australia and encouraging students within these communities to pursue health is one way of addressing this. 

WHO? 

Secondary school aged children in Years 8, 9 and 10 are the most responsive to future career ideas as senior high school students may have already dropped subjects that are critical to the course that they desire. 

HOW? 

Photocopy, download and use this kit to organise your RHSV. Additional forms and resources are also available on the NRHSN website at www.nrhsn.org.au 

The National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN) is proud of its RHSV program and it is recognised as a national leader in delivering health and university-related information to high school students. With new ideas and resources to share, this kit has been updated to reflect the changing needs of RHCs and rural high school students.