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Run in mid-August, the annual skills night is one of BREAATHHE’s biggest yearly events. This night gives our members an opportunity to engage in practical skills such as suturing, cannulation, plastering, intubation and more! Through this event, we aim to engage and help our members learn about the variety of procedural skills and key knowledge that is important when working in a rural setting. With 120 students in attendance at the sold out event last year, Skills Night is always a popular event and a great way to engage with members from other disciplines!
Each year BREAATHHE hosts a welcome soiree for new and returning students to kick off the year. This event includes speeches from a number of inspiring speakers with backgrounds or careers in rural health. We provide a sit down dinner, live music, and an intimate space to network. This serves to foster the development of interdisciplinary relationships between students and act as a platform through which to introduce our members to rural health.
First Aid Courses
Each year BREAATHHE runs a number of subsidised day-long first aid courses early in the year for our members to attend. These courses serve as a great opportunity for health students to gain up to date training and meet NSW Health Verification requirements, enabling our members to complete clinical placement.
Rural High School Visits
BREAATHHE has a long tradition of organising and running rural high school visits (RHSV) to schools in rural and remote communities for nearly a decade. These visits involve our members who volunteer to presenting workshops to high school students which serve to inform them about the variety of health degrees available at university, as well as encourage them to pursue a health career in the hope that they may return to communities in need as health practitioners following their studies. These outreach trips are essential in fostering the next generation of the rural health workforce and inspiring younger students.
Welcome BBQ Mixer
A BBQ lunch held during orientation week for health students from rural and remote areas to meet and share their experiences. This event involves student speakers from rural communities and serves to inform incoming students of opportunities and support available to them at university. As a sponsor, this is a good opportunity to connect with students early in their degree.
Close the Gap Day
The 2019 Close the Gap Day event saw the professional opinions and views of a senior registered nurse, a psychologist working in the local Aboriginal Medical Service, a school teacher as well as a researcher in Indigenous pregnancy smoking rates. The format of the event was a panel discussion, which encouraged the 50 people attending to share their thoughts and queries. The event is run on the National Close the Gap Day in collaboration with the Indigenous Representative from the Medical Society, as well as the Wollotuka Institute.
Allied Health and Nursing Trivia Night
This event encourages interaction between students from different health disciplines through an entertaining health-related trivia evening.
Rural Medicine Information Night
Run at the start of the year, this event consisted of speakers from the medical profession as well as an opportunity to hear about scholarships available to medical students.
BREAATHHE annually has a presence at UON O-week, and in 2019, and signed up over 400 new members.
Presence at the 1st Year Medicine O-Camp
We run interactive stations to engage our members with rural health. In 2019, students had to guess various diseases which have a higher prevalence in rural and remote areas through an interactive Pictionary-style game!
Rural Doctors Network Recruitment Session
Co-hosted by BREAATHHE and the Rural Doctors Network (RDN), this event serves to inform new allied health and nursing graduates of employment positions available in rural areas and support available to them such as relocation assistance and financial bursaries for further training and conference attendance, if they wish to work rurally.
Rural Clinical Schools Information Night
This event consisted of student speakers from various clinical schools offered by the University of Newcastle’s Medical Faculty, to provide insight into placement at a rural clinical school for a year of study.
Paint and Sip
This was an amazing opportunity for students to learn from one of the local Aboriginal artists from the Hunter region. Last year, we were joined by Saretta, who has created many beautiful works of arts, won many awards and even created a piece for Rayban sunglasses. This event explored culture and art, while participants enjoyed cheese and wine. BREAATHHE co-hosted this event alongside the University of Newcastle for the CREATE Festival run in September last year.
In 2019, BREAATHHE encouraged the professional development of our students by supporting one medical student to attend the 2019 Australian Medical Students’ Association’s Rural Health Summit in Cairns, and one allied health student to attend the CRANAplus Annual Conference which engages the remote health workforce of Australia.
In 2020, we’re aiming to provide financial support so students can engage with both these conferences, as well as the Rural Medicine Australia Conference, hosted by ACRRM, which will be held close to home, in the Hunter Valley this year!