GROW Rural NQ Welcomes NQPHN as Event Partner Again!

17 April 2023

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​We are excited to once again announce that Northern Queensland Primary Health Network (NQPHN) is joining GROW Rural North Queensland (NQ) as our Event Partner!

NQPHN Chief Executive Officer Robin Whyte said NQPHN was proud to be supporting the Health Workforce Queensland GROW Rural NQ initiative in their second year.

“Last year, 25 health students were welcomed to the Atherton Tablelands with the aim of encouraging them to return and work in the region,” she said.

“They left feeling excited by the professional and peer connections made and were interested to learn about what goes on behind the scenes in a rural practice”.

“We look forward to welcoming them again and keep the momentum going.”

The students will be returning to Atherton, Mareeba, and Ravenshoe to build on the learnings of their first year and offer some relief to these North Queensland rural communities.

“We know providing health services in regional, remote, and rural communities is a challenge, and we hope after qualifying, some, if not many, of the students will consider rural practice as a future career option and be encouraged to return to these communities and provide vital professional health services,” said Ms Whyte.

“As GROW Rural NQ enters its second year, NQPHN is looking forward to having members of our Workforce Development and Primary Care Engagement Teams on the ground to see first-hand the positive impact of this initiative.”

NQPHN is one of 31 regionalised, independent, and not for profit PHNs established nationally by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care.

Across Northern Queensland, from St Lawrence on the south coast, up to the Torres Strait in the north, and west to Croydon and Kowanyama, NQPHN invests in primary and preventative health care – that is, the health care that takes place outside of a hospital – to help ensure North Queensland communities live happier, healthier, and longer lives.

NQPHN aims to improve health outcomes for all by working with GPs, pharmacists, dentists, nurses, allied health professionals, secondary care providers, hospitals, and the wider community.

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