Media Release: Health Students GROWing in Central Queensland

18 July 2022

Grow Cq Blog Images
​Health Students GROWing in Central Queensland

From Friday 29 July to Sunday 31 July, 28 health students embark on their second year of Health Workforce Queensland’s GROW Rural Central Queensland (GROW Rural CQ) program. The students will immerse themselves into the Central Queensland communities of Woorabinda, Theodore and Moura.

GROW Rural is an initiative of Health Workforce Queensland, a not for profit, non-Government Rural Workforce Agency for primary health workforce in Queensland, focused on making sure remote, rural, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities have access to highly skilled health professionals when and where they need them, now and into the future.

The purpose of GROW Rural CQ is to provide medical, nursing, midwifery, dentistry and allied health students the opportunity to visit rural communities, network with local health professionals, undertake clinical skill sessions and experience the rural lifestyle. GROW Rural CQ presents a unique experience for students to develop familiarity and a deeper understanding of the potentials of a professional and personal life they could have working in rural Queensland. It encourages health students to return to the communities for their clinical placements and to consider rural practice as a future opportunity!

Health Workforce Queensland CEO, Chris Mitchell said “it is great to see the CQ GROW students returning for their second year on the program. We continue to be grateful for the communities of Woorabinda, Moura and Theodore for embracing the program and welcoming the students into their communities. The opportunity for the students to re-immerse themselves in these communities and re-connect with local health professionals is invaluable. I am sure that the students are going to have another great experience this year.”

During the 2022 GROW Rural Central Queensland program, students will:

  • Engage with a Woorabinda primary school project and take a tour of the hospital;

  • Talk with local health professionals and discover what inspired them to go rural;

  • Participate in clinical skill sessions at the Moura High School;

  • Experience a night out at the Theodore Bulls N Barrels Bonanza Rodeo; and

  • Enjoy being welcomed and billeted with local families in Theodore.

GROW Rural is aligned to Health Workforce Queensland’s strategic plan, to develop a sustainable rural health workforce.


Health Workforce Queensland Vision is to ensure an optimal health workforce to enhance the health of Queensland communities.
To achieve this Vision, our Purpose is to create sustainable health workforce solutions that meet the needs of remote, rural, regional and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities challenged by a supply shortage of health professionals.

Sam Menteith
Marketing & Communications Officer
P: 0410 474 164 | E:

Media Release: Health students GROW Rural in Central Queensland