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You can help support the next generation of rural health professionals

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People living in rural and regional communities deserve access to quality healthcare

RDN exists to support better health and wellbeing for people living in remote, rural, regional and disadvantaged communities.  We do this by growing and strengthening the primary health workforce, supporting communities in tailored health workforce solutions and supporting the capacity of health service organisations.

Our Bush Bursary and CWA of NSW Scholarships Program helps build the next generation of the primary health care workforce in NSW and the ACT.

The Program provides selected medical, nursing and midwifery students the opportunity to experience a rural lifestyle and career path. In return for funding to assist with costs associated with their studies, students spend two weeks on a placement in rural NSW during their university holidays. The students gain a deep understanding of the rural and regional health care environment and lifestyle, inspired to consider careers outside of a city.

We know this Program works. Published research shows that early exposure to a rural health career greatly influences a student’s decision to ‘go rural’.

You can help us develop the next generation of rural health professionals by supporting the Bush Bursary program.

By supporting the program, together we can provide more placements and give more opportunities to expose the next generation of doctors, nurses and midwives to rural medical practice and lifestyle. 

You can help people like Maddy gain exposure to a rural health career.

Meet Maddy

Maddy is a 23-year-old fourth-year Bachelor of Medical Studies and Doctor of Medicine student at the University of NSW in Sydney, who is considering a career in rural health after receiving a Bush Bursary.

In early 2019 Maddy spent two weeks in Bega, on a Bush Bursary placement.

“The greatest thing I learnt on my placement was the impact of healthcare accessibility to small communities. Each day I met patients who had travelled up to two hours just to get to Bega,” she said.

Outside of her placement, Maddy discovered what living and working in a rural community is like.  

“I feel like I have a home away from home in Bega.  I really enjoyed the experience and gained a great deal from it. Now that I have first-hand knowledge of rural medicine and understand the importance of healthcare accessibility for the people of this community, I will 100 percent seek out a career in rural health.”

The Bush Bursary has helped Maddy by exposing her to work and life in rural health so she is ready to be part of the next generation of rural health professionals.


You can help us develop the next generation of rural health professionals, like Maddy.

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