going rural

Going Rural

Going Rural is a journey, not a destination.

Going Rural offers non-medical students a rural placement scholarship to assist with travel and accommodation expenses.

Nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry students interested in exploring career pathways into remote and rural health can find placement support is limited. Supporting non-medical health students to undertake remote and rural placements is underpinned by Health Workforce Queensland’s commitment to generating a quality rural and remote workforce through interprofessional collaboration.

What are the Benefits of Going Rural?
    • Enhances placement opportunities for nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry students currently disadvantaged by the financial constraints of going on rural placement.

    • Provides financial assistance for placement accommodation and travel/transport costs up to $1000 per placement.

    • Assists nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry students develop competencies, enhance their confidence, and introduce them to remote rural primary health care services including Aboriginal Medical Services (AMS) and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHO).

    • Increases the long-term employment opportunities for nursing, midwifery, allied health and dentistry students through generating connections with rural health service providers.

Who can apply for Going Rural?

If you’re a Queensland nursing, midwifery, allied health or dentistry student needing financial support to go on rural or remote placement, and meet the eligibility criteria, Going Rural can assist. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to apply.

Going Rural Eligibility Criteria:

Going Rural applicants must be:

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or postgraduate student in a nursing, midwifery, allied health or dentistry discipline at a Queensland university.

  • An Australian citizen, or have permanent residency.

  • At least 18 years of age at the commencement of the placement.

Going Rural Guidelines
  • Going Rural only supports:

    • Private practice placements (this includes Aboriginal Medical Services, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, non-government services, not for profit organisations). Placements located in, or as part of, a Queensland Health facility or Queensland school will not be approved.

    • University approved rural or remote placements.

    • Placements in Queensland MM2-7 (2019) locations, and Aboriginal Medical Services and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation placements in Queensland MM1-7 locations. To check your placement location click here.

  • Going Rural financial assistance is capped at $1000 for rural or remote placement travel and/or accommodation expenses.

  • Going Rural does not arrange or case manage placements.

  • Funding for the same placement must not have been received from any other source.

  • Applications for Going Rural are required to be submitted a minimum of 10 business days prior to commencing placement.

  • Going Rural requires students to provide a written report or short video on their placement experience within 14 days of completing placement. Our preference is for students to supply us with a short 90 second video report so we can upload to the Going Rural webpage.

  • Going Rural requires students to submit travel and/or accommodation receipts/tax invoices for reimbursement within 14 days of completing their placement.

  • Preference will be given to students who apply for Going Rural in their final years. The minimum placement Going Rural will support is two weeks.

  • Applications will be considered until funding commitments are exhausted.

How to Apply

Apply Now for Going Rural

Applicants will be notified of their application outcome within 10 business days.

Going Rural Placement Experiences:

Listen here to exerts from Occupational Therapy student Aimee’s placement report with Therapy Alliance Group, Toowoomba.

​Discover why UQ Master of Dietetics student, Bronte Young found Going Rural so valuable for her study and career:

For further information please contact the Future Workforce Team on:

Phone: 3105 7800

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