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Students of Rural Health Aotearoa

Students of Rural Health Aotearoa (SoRHA) is the one voice to connect, inform and support kiwis considering a career in rural health or those already on the rural careers pathway. SoRHA represents the future of rural health in New Zealand and is the only multidisciplinary student health network, bringing together people studying medicine, nursing and allied health and encouraging them to pursue rural health careers.

SoRHA aims to:

  • Provide a voice for students who are interested in improving health outcomes for all rural and remote New Zealanders.
  • Promote rural health careers and encourage students who are interested in practising in rural health care.


SoRHA and its Rural Health Clubs offer rural experience weekends, career information sessions and a social base for students at university and other tertiary training institutions. SoRHA is an initiative of the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network.

If you have a question about studying for a career in rural healthcare we’d love to help!

Use this form to send through your question, no matter how big or small, about anything to do with studying or careers in rural healthcare. And if we can’t provide exact answers, we’ll point you in the right direction to someone who can.

Student Pathways

Quick Links for Secondary Students



If you’re a secondary student interested in pursuing a career in rural healthcare this website is full of helpful info. Here are a few pages to get the ball rolling:


Rural School Visits

Careers Flyers

Events Calendar

Scholarships and support

Quick Links for Tertiary Students



If you’re a tertiary student currently studying rural healthcare, or you’re interested in learning more about a career in the rural sector, the links below are a great way to find out more:


soRHA Council

Rural Student Health Clubs

Wilderness Weekends

Events Calendar

Our vision :

Whanaungatanga, Korero, Tautoko Connect, Inform, Support