CRH Bulletin July 2017


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In this Issue:




Factors influencing use of rural health services for undergraduate work-integrated learning

Bereavement Care network project


How are we travelling?

Burnie accommodation (Lounge room)

Burnie accommodation (Backyard view)

The acquisition of these properties has been made possible by funds available through the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) expansion program.

The new accommodation at Perth, Huonville, New Norfolk and Burnie is ready for student occupancy. These properties are a welcome addition to the Centre’s portfolio of student accommodation and meet an increased demand from both University of Tasmania students and those studying at mainland universities. Student Support Officer, Karla Peek, has been responsible for acquiring these properties and setting them up for students. She has ensured they meet students’ expectations in terms of proximity to health services, amenity and accessibility. “They look great,” Karla says. “It’s been a busy time getting everything ready but the feedback from students makes the effort worthwhile.”

The Centre for Rural Health (CRH) has successfully undertaken a range of activities that has enabled it to meet the new RHMT core requirements and program parameters. It has developed and strengthened links with a number of health care and community organisations to support students and health care workers living and working in rural Tasmania. Student placements In 2016, the CRH provided support to a large number of Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy and Allied Health students enrolled with the University of Tasmania and to smaller numbers of students from interstate universities who undertook their clinical placements in rural and remote Tasmania.

The CRH supported a total of 546 students on placements for two weeks or more. This represents a total of 2258 student placement weeks, an increase of over 100% from last year! Student accommodation The CRH manages bookings for accommodation facilities at a number of locations across rural and remote Tasmania where students can reside whilst undertaking their placement at the local hospital, pharmacy or GP practice. The number of locations in which support has been provided has grown from 16 in 2015 to 20 in 2017 and the number of accommodation facilities has increased to 23, with a total of 102 bedrooms.

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Ms Karla Peek (CRH Student Support Officer)

FACULTY OF HEALTH Centre for Rural Health

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