Bringing Rural Experience and Awareness to Hunter Health Education
UON STUDENT CLUB OF THE YEAR IN 2020
BREAATHHE is proud to be one of 29 Rural Health Clubs (RHCs) nationally as part of the National Rural Health Students Network (NRHSN), and represents the future of rural health in Australia. Like all RHCs, BREAATHHE aims to promote rural and remote practice to our members through information exchange, placement opportunities, support, and advocacy. With 1000+ members, we’re proud to be one of the largest Rural Health Clubs in the country!
We have a multi-disciplinary focus – with members from Medicine, Medical Radiation Science, Nursing, Nutrition & Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Midwifery and Speech Pathology – so it’s a great chance to learn more about other health professions, and make some contacts that just might come in handy at the end of your studies.
We run a number of activities each year in order to encourage and promote rural and remote health careers to our members. Our activities provide fun and educational experiences for students and include our annual Skills Night, trips to rural and remote areas, themed multidisciplinary networking nights (like our Rural Soiree), Rural High School Visits, cultural awareness training, Indigenous health nights, Indigenous Community Engagement activities, Interprofessional development speaker nights, and lots more!
The NRHSN is Australia’s only multi-disciplinary student health network, bringing together people who are passionate about health and encouraging them to pursue rural health careers.
The NRHSN has two aims:
- to provide a voice for students who are interested in improving health outcomes for rural and remote Australians
- to promote rural health careers to students and encourage students who are interested in practising in rural health care.
The NRHSN and its Rural Health Clubs offer rural experience weekends, career information sessions and professional development activities as well as providing a social base for students at university and when on rural placement.
The student network leaders also advocate on behalf of health students of all disciplines – including opportunities for more rural placements and training support.
The NRHSN is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health administered as a consortium by the Rural Workforce Agencies (RWAs).