Going Rural Health Program: changing student placements for the better

Ms Claire Salter1, Ms Keryn Bolte

1Going Rural Health – University Of Melbourne, Shepparton, Australia, 2Going Rural Health – University Of Melbourne, Shepparton, Australia


The Going Rural Health Program is part of the University Department of Rural Health under the auspices of the University of Melbourne. It is part of a federally funded project supporting nursing and allied health students to undertake placement experiences in rural settings. Our teams are based in Wangaratta, Shepparton and Ballarat and actively work with health services and education providers, along with students directly, to assist and improve the learning and experiences students gain during their clinical placement. This is all with the intent of promoting and addressing rural health workforce development and include traditional clinical opportunities as well as service learning placements. We have a strong focus on student support, which includes creative supervisions models, placement matching, accommodation, online and face to face training, social engagement, financial assistance and mentoring.

This presentation outlines the development of the program to date, some key learnings and how the Going Rural Health program has supported students, staff and communities to deliver outstanding health care with a community-minded focus within rural Victoria.


Claire joined the Going Rural Health team in Shepparton, Victoria in 2018 after two years working with an NGO in Cambodia. Claire has spent most of her professional career working in Northern Australia in Indigenous health and education spheres. Claire is a SARRAH board member and is passionate about providing students with innovative, exciting rural learning opportunities.

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