Benefits of joining your Rural Health Club (RHC)

Joining your Rural Health Club (RHC) has a number of benefits for you:

  • Participate in positive rural experiences through activities such as Rural High School Visits,Te Āo Maori and Community Engagement Activities and rural appreciation weekends
  •  Meet and network with other students from your training institution, not just your class, through various social activities
  • Access to clinical and other skills experience through workshops run by your Rural Health Club
  • Volunteer for committees and activities at your Rural Health Club – each Rural Health Club organises its own activities so the benefits for you will be broad and varied.

You’ll also receive membership to SoRHA

Through your RHC membership, you’ll also automatically become a member of SoRHA. Benefits you can access by being a member of SoRHA include:

  • Networking with students from across New Zealand and across disciplines
  • Gaining a national perspective of the health landscape and career pathways
  • Access to various resources including the student mental health guide ‘
  • Volunteer opportunities for committees and activities with the SoRHA
  • Continuation of connection with the NZRGPN once you have graduated through individual or practice membership

SoRHA also advocates for health students and rural communities on a national level through the development of guidelines, position papers and regular meetings with the NZRGPN.


You can also become a Student Member of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network which provides overall support for SoRHA and advocates and provides support for rural health providers.

Become a member of Students of Rural Health Aotearoa

Become a member of The New Zealand Rural General Practice Network