Wildfire; Monash University's Indigenous and Rural Health Club was established in 1993 by Monash University School of Rural Health (SRH). We run a variety of rural based events for university students and support and encourage medical students who are placed in rural area.
The club was established in 1993 by Monash University School of Rural Health (SRH).
Initially our membership was limited to pre-clinical medical students of Monash University. However we soon recognized that improving rural health is the responsibility of all healthcare providers - thus we have grown to encompass nursing students and allied health students, as well as both pre-clinical and clinical medical students.
Currently our membership is made up of more than 1,000 medical, nursing and allied health students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The co-ordination of WILDFIRE is overseen by a Council of students elected by the student body, including representatives from each of the subcommittees.
Our largest subcommittee is based at the Clayton Campus, with others at Bendigo (Regional Clinical School–RCS). Churchill, East Gippsland (RCS-Bairnsdale and Sale), Gippsland (RCS-Traralgon and Warragul), Mildura (RCS), Parkville (Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Peninsula.
WILDFIRE, works through the Council with the support of SRH, currently headed by Professor Robyn Langham, to achieve some fundamental goals. WILDFIRE aims to:
Foster relations between all students and health professionals interested in rural and Indigenous health and culture
Facilitate discussion, action and reporting/research on all rural and Indigenous matters amongst the student body and with our affiliates
Develop and maintain a multi-disciplinary approach
Support students during their educational life span through their rural and Indigenous experiences
Encourage a long term commitment to living and working in rural areas of Australia.
By becoming a member of your Rural Health Club, you are also a member of the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN). The NRHSN represents the future of rural health in Australia. It has more than 9,000 members who belong to 29 university Rural Health Clubs from all states and territories. It is Australia’s only multi-disciplinary student health network, bringing together people studying medicine, nursing and allied health, encouraging them to pursue rural health careers. It is important to keep your details up-to-date to ensure your RHC and the NRHSN can keep you informed of everything exciting that’s happening in rural health.