Outlook Rural Health Club is a multidisciplinary student organisation of the University of Melbourne. We’re committed to raising awareness of the health needs of rural and remote Australia with a particular focus on Indigenous health. Our members are passionate about improving health outcomes in rural areas, and Outlook actively fosters and encourages leadership and teamwork so that the future rural health workforce can achieve these goals. We also have a lot of fun along the way, and Outlook also offers a wide variety of social events to allow networking between likeminded people, across a range of health disciplines, which is unique for a University of Melbourne student club.
Outlook is a member of the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN), which is a multidisciplinary health network comprising of 29 Rural Health Clubs, totaling more than 9,000 student members nationwide. Funded by the Australian Government, the NRHSN is supported by Rural Health Workforce Australia (RHWA).
Who can join Outlook?
Members of Outlook represent all professional health disciplines taught at the University of Melbourne, including:
- Dentistry and Oral Health
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology
- Clinical Psychology
Why get involved with Outlook?
Because there’s plenty to do! Activities we organise/subsidise range from educational and networking events to social gatherings. Here are a few examples of what we do:
- Rural High School Visits: Share your passion and change someone’s life. We visit rural and remote high schools throughout Victoria to promote health careers to rural high school students. Research indicates that students from the bush are more likely to return to a rural setting to practice after graduating.
- Health Conferences: NRHSN has funding allocated annually for students to attend conferences of national significance where students have the opportunity to network with professionals. Students from the NRHSN have also presented at these conferences in the past. This covers travel, accommodation and registration costs for successful applicants.
- The National University Rural Health Conference (NURHC): Held biennially, it connects members of NRHSN clubs from every corner of Australia to provide educational and networking opportunities for this unique multi-disciplinary Network. Conference delegates have an opportunity to learn from inspirational leaders, policy-makers and professionals within the health and education sectors.
- Vibe Alive Indigenous Festivals: For young Australians of all backgrounds, Vibe Alive is a two day youth festival that promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and encourages tolerance and teamwork. Vibe Alive is run by Vibe Australia, and the festivals incorporate music, sport, dance and art in a high-energy, youth-friendly setting. Participants also have the opportunity to meet inspiring role models, learn about healthy living and career options and boost literacy and numeracy skills.
- Rural Health Careers Day: This full-day careers expo is jointly held with other Victorian rural health clubs, and is jam-packed with skills workshops and guest speakers. This is not just a great place to find out more about medical, allied health and nursing training pathways, it’s another great opportunity to connect with like-minded people from other universities.
- Mental Health First Aid: Have you ever wanted to learn how to assist people experiencing mental health problems? Then this is the course for you! This course teaches valuable first aid skills for helping Indigenous people experiencing a mental health crisis, mental health problems or the earliest stages of a mental illness.
- Outlook Annual Discussion Dinner: Our personal highlight of the year, where the Outlook crew get together over a two course meal and a few bevvies, for an evening of social mingling and engaging speakers presenting topical issues in rural health plus an informal Q&A session afterwards.
- PFA for the CFA: Outlook’s take on the PFA (Pleasant Friday Afternoon) tradition, but with a rural twist. Join us for a night of fun and frivolity with a conscience – all proceeds go to the hardworking folk of Victoria’s CFA.
- Horizons Magazine: Outlook also publishes our magazine “Horizons” every year. Chock-full of student articles, reports, and opinions, it is also an excellent showcase of student achievement in rural health. Check out last year’s edition here: https://issuu.com/outlookhorizons/docs/horizons_2018_v4
As an added bonus, you’ll also be the first to be informed about rural health related scholarships, conferences and other opportunities via our regular email newsletters.