How to organise a rural high school visit (RHSV)

Rural Health Club requirements

Each Rural Health Club (RHC) must organise and participate in at least two rural high school visits (RHSV) each year. Participation can be as an individual RHC or jointly with others. RHC members can contact the NRHSN for support and information.

The RHC must complete the required NRHSN activity report within two weeks of the visit. If RHCs organise more than the required two activities per year, then the RHC is required to report all activities so their university can report on all the visits to the Australian Government’s Department of Health who fund the program.

Performing health checks

NRHSN student members are not yet qualified health professionals and therefore are not fully equipped to diagnose health problems. Activities must be performed so that NRHSN students are not actively conducting a health check, with the only exception being if the NRHSN student is under the supervision of a qualified health professional. The NRHSN student member role is to show school students what a health professional does and what equipment is used.

  • An example of how to avoid performing a health check is to get the school student to use the medical equipment on the NRHSN member.

Before the visit

  • Research, discuss and decide on your RHSVs for the year
  • Confirm with RHC Executive the budget for the visits
  • Appoint a RHC member to organise the RHSV
  • Contact the school (letter and/or email and follow up phone call) to introduce the RHC and organise the visit
  • Check with the school if image consent forms need to be sent prior to the visit
  • Enter your RHSV event on to the NRHSN Events Calendar
  • Advertise and recruit RHC members to participate in RHSV
  • If organising an activity with another RHC, exchange contact details and communicate regularly
  • Advise the NRHSN of the RHSV
  • Book accommodation and transport
  • Contact local health services for the communities that you are visiting to see if you can do a health service visit or if any health professionals would like to join you on your RHSV to the school
  • Send out media release
  • Follow up on media release
  • Collate a confirmed list of participants – name, email, mobile, discipline
  • Reconfirm details with school before visit

What to take to the visit

  • Image consent forms
  • Evaluation forms
  • Health career flyers
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Health equipment, e.g. Gutsy Gus, apple slinky, bandages, thickened fluids, toothbrushes, germ kit, eye charts
  • Footballs, rugby balls, basketballs etc to set up games in an informal setting
  • Rural Health Club or NRHSN merchandise to hand out to the students
  • T-shirts to wear during the visit
  • LIME Network flyers and resources – the LIME Network has online resources designed to help future Indigenous medical students determine their best pathway to becoming a doctor. You can access the videos and request resources here

After the visit

  • Submit an RHSV activity report within two weeks of every visit
  • Send thank you letter to school
  • Post consented photos on your RHC website and/or social media platforms

Last updated: December 24, 2021