The National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) Indigenous Community Engagement Activity program provides opportunities for Rural Health Club (RHC) students to play a role in improving the health and education of rural communities. Research has shown that students with a rural background are more likely to go rural when they are qualified.
The aims of the Indigenous Community Engagement Activities program are to:
- Inspire Indigenous rural students to pursue health careers.
- Increase your knowledge of rural community health.
- Gain skills in working in a rural community.
- Gain further connections with rural health workers and communities.
- Gain positive rural experiences.
Indigenous Community Engagement Activities could include:
- Attendance at Indigenous Family Days.
- Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through youth clubs, Indigenous Community Health Services or other organisations.
- Indigenous Community Festivals.
- Assisting schools with a predominantly Indigenous student population with a series of health workshops including healthy eating, skills based sessions and highlighting health careers as options for future study.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Guides
- In August 2018, NRHSN produced and finalised a comprehensive and detailed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Engagement Activity Guide.
- In August 2019, NRHSN produced and finalised an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student engagement advocacy project guide.