Weerona College, Bendigo was home to this year’s first Outlook Rural High School Visit. 5 MD students and one OD representative combined forces on April 3rd to show the teenagers of Bendigo a real good time. Abirami Sribalachandran manned the first ever Optometry station, teaching basic eye exams and kindly allowing the Year 9 and 10 human biology students to [...]

Outlook Rural Health Club is proud to present our first edition of our Horizons magazine for 2014, proudly sponsored by the Medical Indemnity Protection Society (MIPS). Our biggest issue of Horizons ever, it is packed full of insightful articles, experiences, and reports from Outlook members. Our first edition for 2014 contains a major section about the John Flynn Placement Program, [...]

This year marks the inaugural Outlook Rural Health Club Master of Social Work Rural Placement Scholarship, designed to encourage students with very little scope for exposure to rural and remote practice. In 2014, this scholarship will award two students $500 and $250 each, to assist with some of the expenses related to completing a rural placement. Terms of the scholarship require the [...]

On the 5th and 6th of April, thirty dedicated medical, nursing and social work students completed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health First Aid course, organised by Outlook’s Indigenous Health Subcommittee. The course was held at the North Melbourne Library on Errol St, which was fortunately situated near many cafes which provided the coffee to fuel concentration during the intense [...]

One of the most rewarding aspects of being an Outlook member is getting involved in Rural High School Visits (RHSVs). While there, you inspire teenagers to become future health professionals, and promote healthy lifestyle habits. Outlook of course runs a number of RHSVs throughout the year, but we’re also aware that some of our members are keen to conduct a [...]

Outlook Member Survey 2014

At Outlook Rural Health Club, we’re always striving to be better, and do more. We also want to be able to advocate on behalf of our members, particularly with regard to recent changes at the Rural Clinical School. So we want to hear from you, our members, to see what we can do in the future. The survey is short, [...]

Mental Health First Aid for RCS Students

Over the last two weekends, 22nd-23rd of March and 29th-30th of March, in both Ballarat and Shepparton, Rural Clinical School students studying at sites all over the state attended Mental Health First Aid courses. The course taught how to assist both peers and patients who might be developing a mental health problem or crisis. We learned about the signs and symptoms [...]

Guide to the Rural Clinical School 2014

We’ve just published a new publication, intended primarily for MD1 students, to help you choose which Rural Clinical School (RCS) site is right for you as you begin your clinical training. The guide features comprehensive information about each of the four RCS sites – Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Wangaratta – including accommodation information, what to do, where to eat, where [...]

Fly to the Northern Territory and connect, engage and inspire young students to become health professionals as part of the Northern Territory Rural High School Visits (NT RHSV) program. If you think you have what it take to be a part of this experience, why not apply? Applications close Wednesday 2 April 2014. The NT RHSV program selects 12 undergraduate or [...]

OnCountry4Health: A Reflection

OnCountry4Health is a program run by Yorta Yorta elder Uncle Wayne Atkinson over 4 days to give medical students time to appreciate and reflect upon the past, present and future of the Yorta Yorta people (and, in many ways, that of Koori people as a whole). It isn’t another lecture about statistics and it isn’t just 4 days of white [...]