In VIC, we have 4 RHCs spread across the region. They include
LARHC: LARHC is a rural health club founded in 1997 in La Trobe. The club is spread across University campuses in La Trobe and the RHC in regional Victoria.
Membership is open to all students studying health courses. LARHC members are students of dentistry, dietetics, health sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, oral health, paramedics, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, public health, and social work.
LARHC seeks to educate members on rural health and servers a wider rural community in Victoria. The club helps rural students and student members in developing health career sciences. LARHC adopts a multidisciplinary approach in promoting rural and remote health through a variety of social and rural activities.
Club members are exposed to a host of activities like clinical events, rural school visits, first aid courses, health gala, and careers day. LARHC also offers scholarship opportunities to members.
OUTLOOK: Outlook is a multidisciplinary student-led RHC at Melbourne University. The club is passionate about creating awareness about rural health needs in remote Australia.
Club members include students from audiology, dentistry, clinical psychology, medicine, nursing, optometry, physiotherapy, speech pathology, and social work.
Outlook promotes active student leadership, cooperation, and teamwork in achieving club objectives. Club members are committed to improving rural health outcomes.
The outlook remains a member of the NRHN and offers a wide range of social activities that allow heath students with similar interests to network. The club also offers rural health scholarships and other career opportunities to members and subscribers.
Members experience activities like rural school visits, health conferences, indigenous festivals, careers day, first aid training, dinners, and magazines.
WILDFIRE: Wildfire is an RHC formed in 1993 in Monash University by SRH – the school’s rural health body. The club organises several rural events for university students and supports medical students with placements in rural communities.
Initially, club membership was restricted to pre-clinical med students at the University. But membership was later extended to cover allied health and nursing students, including clinical students. This decision was due to the need to include all healthcare providers in improving rural health.
There are over 1000 Wildfire members spread across several campuses of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Wildfire is coordinated by a student council that includes representatives from different subcommittees.
The RHC seeks to connect students with health experts with interests in rural and remote health. The club also adopts a multidisciplinary approach to supporting the rural experience of student members during the course of their study. Wildfire promotes discussions and research on rural health matters and rural working in indigenous Australia.