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Go Rural

Rural career experiences for university students

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 experience first-hand the benefits of working rural.

Students will experience a three to four-day tour of rural and remote NSW incorporating:

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



Who can apply?

Go Rural is open to first and second year 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.


Dates and itinerary

Go Rural's first road trip for 2020 will be held Thursday, 16 April to Sunday, 19 April. We will be exploring South-Western NSW including Griffith, Hay, Narrandera, Temora, Wagga Wagga and Yass,  The itinerary will be published in early January 2020 so check back here for application opening dates and further datails. Don't forget to follow our Facebook page for future announcements. 


Testimonial Josie McIntyre

“I’m from the rural community of Tenterfield, so I've been brought up with a love of my community and a love of the rural area.  

“I signed up for Go Rural because I just loved the idea of it. Working rurally in a health field is exactly what I want to do. When I heard about this experience I wanted to jump on board and get involved. 

“It was an amazing experience. I knew I was going to enjoy the trip, but I didn’t realise I'd get this much out of it. I didn’t know there were so many opportunities to work rurally, and such a need for health professionals.  

“I’ve gained so much from Go Rural. Whether you’re already from a rural area or interested in rural health, or even if you’re not, I think give it a crack because the opportunities that you can gain from this experience are endless.” 

Josie McIntyre, Speech Pathology student at the University of Newcastle and Go Rural participant.  


Find out more

Email students@nswrdn.com.au for more information.

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