Executive Committee update - September 2015

Firstly, welcome to the new-look NRHSN Cooee! Some of you would have seen it in print previously. You will now be receiving the NRHSN's eNewsletter on a monthy basis, keeping you up-to-date on what's going on in the student network as well as in the rural health space.

NRHSN hosts Parliamentary Breakfast

The need for clear and supported rural training pathways for health students and graduates was one of the key topics discussed when the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) hosted its first Parliamentary Breakfast in Canberra on 9 September 2015.

The event was attended by 24 MPs and Senators from all sides of politics, with Assistant Minister for Health, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash, delivering the opening address.

Senator Nash is pictured with members of the NRHSN Executive Committee at the 2015 Parliamentary Breakfast.
Senator Nash pictured with members of the NRHSN Executive Committee.

NRHSN Chair, David Khoo, spoke about the role of the student network in engaging the future rural health workforce.

“We know from the literature that getting health students interested in rural health early in their career leads to positive intentions to go rural once they graduate,” he said.

“We also know that Australia needs a steady supply and distribution of a health workforce across rural and remote Australia…you can’t have healthy communities without a local health workforce.”

David emphasised the NRHSN’s 2015 Business Plan priorities, which include:

  • Clear and supported rural training pathways, so students and graduates can stay linked to rural throughout their training.
  • Mental health training for university health students so they can care for themselves and others, particularly in rural areas where mental health is a major issue.
  • Enabling more Indigenous students to pursue health careers and the provision of training in culturally appropriate practices for all heath students to help improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The event was an opportunity for politicians to meet with the future leaders of Australia’s rural health workforce. They met over breakfast with the NRHSN Executive Committee and Rural Health Club representatives.

Meanwhile, the NRHSN executive team will continue to reflect the views of students to Government consultations such as the:

  • Senate Select Committee on Health
  • Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Programme
  • Health Workforce Scholarship Programme.

See photos from this event on the NRHSN Facebook page.

2016 NRHSN Executive Committee elections – nominations close 1 October

Nominations are now being accepted for 2016 NRHSN Executive Committee.

The following positions are vacant and open for nominations:

  • Secretary
  • Community and Advocacy Officer
  • Indigenous Health Officer
  • Medical Officer
  • Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Nominations close 1 October 2015.

Find out how to nominate…

What else has the NRHSN Executive Committee been up to?

  • 3-5 July - Presented at the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) Council Meeting
  • 11-13 July – Attended the Leaders in Indigenous Medical Education (LIME) Network Conference
  • 23 July – Discussed the NRHSN’s positive rural placement experiences priority with the Services for Australian Rural and Remote (SARRAH) Advisory Committee
  • 24 August - Met with University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health to discuss UDRH placement research
  • 3 September – Represented at the Services for Australian Rural and Remote (SARRAH) Advisory Committee meeting
  • 8 September – NRHSN Council Face-to-face Meeting
  • 9 September – NRHSN Parliamentary Breakfast
  • 11-15 September – Represented at the National Rural Health Alliance (NRHA) CouncilFest meeting

What’s coming up:

  • 21-23 September – Representation at GP15 Conference
  • 22-24 September – Presenting at the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)
  • 11-14 October – Representation at the SARRAH Summit
  • 15-17 October – Presenting on Rural High School Visits at the CRANAplus Conference
  • 21 October – Representation at the John Flynn Placement Program National Advisory Committee Meeting
  • 22-24 October – Presenting on Rural High School Visits, Bonded Schemes and Physician Assistants at the Rural Medicine Australia Conference
  • 26-28 October – Representation at the Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium (presentation on the NRHSN Mental Health Guide ‘When the Cowpat hits the Windmill’ is on a wait list)

Let us know!

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any comments, questions or feedback you can contact us on executivecommittee@nrhsn.org.au:

Chair David Khoo   Community and Advocacy Officer Felix Ho
Vice Chair Rebecca Irwin   Indigenous Health Officer Danielle Dries
Secretary Natalie Kew   Medical Officer Joshua Mortimer
Allied Health Officer Ankur Verma   Nursing Officer Jessica Leon

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