Go Rural Virtually

Go Rural Virtually

Let's Go Rural ... Virtually!

Go Rural Virtually provides health students with a virtual rural experience by showcasing Queensland rural communities through online webinars and interactive discussions.

By attending a Go Rural Virtually event, medical, nursing, midwifery, and allied health students can connect with Queensland’s outback, its people and discover what makes health professionals turn a rural career into a lifestyle.

So far Go Rural Virtually has visited health professionals in both Longreach and Mt Isa to discover what led them to settling in a rural location. We then took a virtual visit to Goondir Health Services where students were immersed in discussions with staff about what it’s like to work in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service. The first 2022 Go Rural Virtually event changed direction to explore the issue of Mental Health in the Bush. If you want to catch up on any of these Go Rural Virtually events just click on the links below.

Upcoming Go Rural Virtually Event

Join us for Go Rural Virtually: Managing Aggressive and Violent Patients on June 28.

Whether aggression and violence are part of your lived experience or not, undoubtedly it will be part of your health career. Join us for Go Rural Virtually: Managing Aggressive and Violent Patients to learn from rural health professionals and researchers in the field about the strategies they have developed to deal with unmanageable patients in health settings.

This free online event is open to all health students so they can interact with speakers who will be drawn from nursing, paramedicine, health care research and general practice. The interactive discussions will enable story and knowledge sharing and give health students the opportunity to bring their own questions and thoughts to a challenging issue that affects many health workers.

Registrations open Wednesday, 1 June 2022. Stay tuned.


Meet our amazing speakers who will be joining us:

Alycia Jacob
JCU Researcher & PhD Student

Alycia is a Research Officer at James Cook University Murtupuni Department of Rural and Remote Health in Mount Isa. Alycia has a background in law, and seven years of experience working in healthcare research. She has a strong interest in rural healthcare workers safety and understanding and reducing aggression in healthcare.

Brodie Thomas
Paramedic - regional Victoria

On the surface, it seems that Brodie loves violence. As a paramedic, Brodie regularly interacts with violent patients and bystanders, he has just submitted a PhD on workplace violence prevention, and in any spare time, he gets beaten up while training jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts. In reality, his motivation is not a love of violence but a desire to help and serve others.


Terrie Ann Howard, OT Student 4th year, USC – Go Rural Virtually attendee
I learnt more in one hour [of Go Rural Virtually: Mental Health in the Bush] than I did in four years at university!

Sarah Laxton, Mental Health Nurse, Cooktown – Go Rural Virtually speaker
[Go Rural Virtually: Mental Health in the Bush] was well organised and facilitated with the conversational approach creating a real sense of intimacy allowing people to be vulnerable in their stories.

Previous Go Rural Virtually Events

Check out our past Go Rural Virtually events below:

Going Rural?

If you’re a nursing, midwifery or allied health student needing financial support to go on rural or remote placement Going Rural can assist.