Inspiring the next generations of rural health professionals
SoRHA’s Rural Health Careers Promotion programme has been developed to encourage students in rural areas to study a health discipline at a tertiary level. Research has shown students with a rural background are more likely to choose to work in a rural location when they are qualified.
The Rural Health Careers Promotion programme aims to:
The Rural Health Careers Promotion programme is delivered to all year levels of school students but it is recognised that Years 9 and 10 are an ideal level to promote health careers and education to as research suggests this age group are more inclined to be considering a future career at this point in their lives. Revisiting some of the same communities and schools from year to year helps to build ongoing relationships. It also assists continuity of messaging and gives role models for students to look up to and feel connected to.
These 5-day, fully funded road trips aim to reach a wide number of rural schools pupils to inspire and equip them with the information to consider and make the first step toward pursuing a health career in their region.