Advocacy For Rural Health

Advocacy has been a critical part of what NRHSN does. Through its advocacy programmes, the organisation has widened its gap and outreach. Some of its advocacy channels and programmes include;

Position Papers: The NRHSN has used its position paper to advocate for various issues that are considered germane to the imminent future of work in rural health. Through these position papers, NRHSN has put out different statements in support of various relevant topics to rural health. These positions papers usually include the organisation’s position on rural health issues, the rationale and then the recommendation for the issues it has publicised its position on.

Due to frequent changes, the positions held in these positions, papers are always subject to frequent updating.

Before each position paper is developed, there is always some level of consultation with NRHSN members, representatives of RHC, NRHSN executives and portfolios. These position papers often enjoy the endorsement of the NRHSN council, after which they become the official policy of the organisation.

Some of the position papers are on mental health, rural generals, nurse practitioners, bonded schemes etc.

Research: Research is another channel through which NRHSN projects it’s advocacy on rural health. The organisation has a portfolio of evidence-based research materials. This research centres on the future of Australia’s workforce in the field of rural health.

You can download the research materials at your pleasure.

Submission: Submission is another method the NRHSN advocates on relevant issues in the field of rural health. Through this submissions channel, ensures that it bring to the attention of the Australian government, the issues affecting the workforce of rural health.

You can download a copy of NRHSN submission.

Engagement of Indigenous Community: Rural community is central to the existence of NRHSN. The purpose of its establishment is to see that there is an improvement in rural health. 

Through this, NRHSN encourages the participation of students in the improvement of education and health in the indigenous communities.

The aims of the engagement of indigenous community include

Inspiring rural indigenous students in the pursuance of careers in health;

Increasing students’ understanding of community health in rural areas;

Gaining skills from working in an indigenous rural community;

Gaining more connections with health workers in rural communities;

Gaining encouraging rural experiences.

Types of Engagement Activities in Indigenous Communities

There are different activities to help engage indigenous communities. These activities include;

Attending indigenous family events

Working through clubs and indigenous community with students of strait islander

Helping students with health workshop and advocating a career in health.

Rural Visit To High School: The NRHSN also has an advocacy program that focuses on students in high school. One of the reasons for this is to encourage, at an early stage, the consideration of a career in health.

The aims of this program include;

Inspiring students in rural communities to consider a career in health.

Increasing the knowledge of health in a rural community.

Gaining skills from working for an indigenous community.

Securing connection with health workers in different rural communities.

Gaining encouraging rural experiences.