Rural Health Club Event Highlights for 2015
Event highlights for 2015
Energy and passion were on display throughout the year as Rural Health Club members across Australia organised or took part in a variety of events to promote rural health careers and to encourage students who are interested in practising in rural health care. Here are some highlights:
ARMS members attended nine country shows at places including Bega, Cooma and Braidwood. They ran health-related activities, encouraged regular check-ups with local GPs and spoke about health issues with people from the community. The shows were also a great opportunity for students from different year levels to interact.
More than 100 health students were welcomed by the Tarcutta community for the 9th Rural Appreciation Weekend (RAW). RAW is a joint Rural Health Club event organised by RAHMS. Participants camped out in Army tents at the local oval, had firewood donated by the community and heard from local health practitioners about the benefits of working in the country. A day out at a nearby farm included shearing demonstrations, hay rides and a fire fighting demonstration from the Rural Fire Service. A bush dance was one of the highlights of the social program. Check out the photos from the event.
StARRH held its first Rural Health Careers Sunset Cruise. Presentations were given from a rural generalist, nurse practitioner, nutritionist and pharmacist. The evening was capped off with a competition for best dressed in “boat attire”.
The 11th Joint Rural Health Club Weekend for Queensland club members was held in Warwick, with support from Health Workforce Queensland. Attendees met rural health professionals, learnt skills in a rural setting, gained exposure to a variety of disciplines and participated in activities promoting rural life.
AURHA, FURHS and ROUSTAH had an active year running Rural High School Visits, clinical skills sessions and dinners. A highlight was the tri-club Campfire event in Victor Harbour, with 59 students attending. Adelaide to Outback ran clinical skills stations and the 2013 RACGP GP of the Year spoke at the dinner about the benefits of training and working rurally.
RUSTICA hosted a Rural Networking Dinner attended by 43 students and 7 health professionals. Presenters gave down-to-earth accounts of working in rural areas, shedding light on how rewarding a rural career can be.
OUTLOOK introduced 'A Taste of the Country' events held in Ballarat, Shepparton, Echuca and Wangaratta. These included picnic-style dinners and a winery visit showcasing local produce while allowing health students and health professionals to mingle in a relaxed environment.
Victorian clubs – NOMAD, WILDFIRE, LARHC and OUTLOOK – combined to host a Rural Health Careers Day at the Ballarat Base Hospital. Presentations and a stalls expo were followed by options for students to either get some practice in the hospital’s Skills Lab or to hear from RWAV’s Mardi O’Keefe about tips and tactics for CVs and job interviews.
WAALHIIBE’s annual Mental Health Night was a huge success, with a large turnout from a mix of disciplines. Presentations covered the torture and trauma some migrants have experienced in their country of origin or on their journey to Australia; compassion fatigue and how all members should ensure they also take care of themselves; and how depression and anxiety should have a reduced stigma to promote hope for those affected.
The annual SPINRPHEX Camp attracted 68 attendees. Health workshops featured ECGs, local anaesthetics and trauma scenarios. Team-building activities included rock climbing, abseiling, raft building, and the pipe-o-meter.