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Go Rural


NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) is committed to growing and supporting the future rural workforce. Our Go Rural road trips are an incredible opportunity for medical, nursing and allied health students to visit rural and remote communities and see first-hand the benefits of working rurally.

Over a three to four-day tour of rural and remote NSW, students will experience:

  • practice visits
  • clinical activities
  • community events
  • themed dinners
  • cultural events
  • historical exhibitions.



Go Rural is open to university students enrolled in a medical, nursing, midwifery or allied health degree in NSW/ACT. This includes overseas students.

Up to 20 students will be selected to participate in each event.



Go Rural is funded by NSW Rural Doctors Network and includes:

  • return coach transport
  • share accommodation
  • most meals
  • all activities/tours.



We are consulting with our medical advisors on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, and have decided to delay our April Go Rural road trip. While we are disappointed we can’t be together on the road, we trust you understand the reasons behind our decision. Your health, safety and physical wellbeing – and that of our staff, the rural health workforce and communities - is always our highest priority. 

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Nicola Murphy, Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Notre Dame, says the Go Rural trip she took to far western NSW has shown her working rurally doesn’t mean her opportunities are limited.

“Rural communities are so willing to support health professionals, and it’s great to have the opportunity to see that as a doctor, nurse or allied health professional, you are so valued within the community,” she said.

Nicola spent her childhood years growing up on her family’s farm in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, where she says she witnessed the amazing relationships rural GPs can have with their patients.

“I realised I want to have a similar relationship with my patients one day, to guide them in tough times and support them in great times.

“My goal is to become a Rural Generalist and deliver integrated care that supports patients’ physical, mental and emotional health.”

Go Rural provides students like Nicola the opportunity to form connections not only with rural NSW communities but also with her fellow students. Nicola says these networking opportunities are extremely important.

“We are easily influenced at this stage in our careers, so being able to have these experiences as a group is really important.

“Meeting rural health professionals, viewing the facilities in rural communities and imagining ourselves there in the future, has been an excellent experience.”

Nicola Murphy, Doctor of Medicine student at the University of Notre Dame and Go Rural August 2019 participant.

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