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GROW Rural

GROW Rural

GROW Rural is a one of a kind rural immersion experience aimed at attracting current health students to a rural career.

GROW Rural is a three-year program, which provides first-year medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students the annual opportunity to experience clinical practice. GROW Rural fosters the development of rural networks, friendships, and allows students to experience the unique lifestyle of rural and remote Queensland communities.

This is a cost free program; all travel, accommodation and catering will be covered by Health Workforce Queensland.

For a long weekend over three consecutive years, GROW Rural students will:

    • Tour several rural Queensland communities

    • Visit rural health services and facilities

    • Learn about the clinical needs of rural communities

    • Engage with Indigenous communities

    • Undertake clinical skill sessions

    • Participate in community social activities

    • Establish lasting personal and professional relationships with community members and health professionals

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Interested in applying for GROW Rural? Check out what these University of Queensland students thought about their time on the GROW Rural program.

Have a read of Bond University student, Warda's story about her time on the GROW Rural program.

Growing a Rural Health Career: Have a read of Jenna Perry's story, a former GROW Rural participant
who now has embarked on her own rural health career.

GROW Rural - Central Queensland

Event dates: Friday 30 July – Sunday 1 Aug 2021
Locations: Woorabinda, Theodore and Moura (visited across the 3 years)

Application rounds for GROW Rural Central Queensland open in 2024 and 2027.

GROW Rural - South West Queensland

Event dates: Friday 15 October – Sunday 17 October 2021
Locations: Charleville, Cunnamulla, St George and Roma (visited across the 3 years)

Application rounds for GROW Rural South West Queensland open in 2023 and 2026.

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Important Information
  • Attendees are required to be 18 years of age at the time of the event

  • GROW Rural is open to first year full-time and first or second year part-time students only

  • GROW Rural is open to medical, nursing, midwifery and allied health students

  • GROW Rural only accepts students from Queensland universities

  • GROW Rural accepts domestic and international students

  • Students are welcome to apply for both GROW Rural Central Queensland and GROW Rural South West Queensland but will only be accepted into one cohort.

  • Each program requires a three-year commitment

  • To determine the possible influences the GROW Rural program has on future rural and remote practice, Health Workforce Queensland will invite GROW Rural graduates to participate in a longitudinal tracking survey. The first tracking survey will invite GROW Rural graduates to participate in the study and to provide their AHPRA registration number (where applicable). Subsequent surveys will be emailed every two years.

  • Travel may include a combination of air and bus.

  • Please note the two nights of GROW Rural accommodation may include a combination of:

    • Shared accommodation arrangements with other GROW Rural students of the same sex. Each student is allocated a single bed with a shared bathroom.

    • Billeting with a host community family either individually or with other same-sex students. Each student is allocated a single bed with a shared bathroom.

  • For information regarding Health Workforce Queensland's COVID-19 Plan for Events, click here

For more information, please contact hwqevents@healthworkforce.com.au