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NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) supports students interested in pursuing a rural health career by promoting rural practice pathways, facilitating student scholarship programs, supporting mentoring opportunities and providing opportunities for students to undertake rural and remote experiences.

Right now is an exciting time to be involved in rural health with many opportunities and options open to you for a future career as a rural health practitioner.


High school students

Our high school students page provides links to information on different health careers, and living and working in rural NSW.


University students

  • For a taste of rural health and lifestyle, take a Go Rural roadtrip to spend time immersing yourself in a rural community with other medical, nursing or allied health students.
  • You can also apply for the Outreach Student Placement Program, where you visit a remote or rural community with an Outreach health service practitioner.
  • Join your university Rural Health Club and join the multidisciplinary network of like-minded students encouring the pursuit of rural health careers.
  • For students embarking on a career in medicine, Keeping Your Grass Greener is a must-read. Produced by the Australian Medical Students’ Association and the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association, this wellbeing guide for medical students provides information on avoiding stress, distress, mental health issues, having a balanced lifestyle, resting well and relaxing, and ultimately enjoying what you do in the process of studying to become a doctor.
  • The National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) has also produced some excellent resources for students undertaking rural placements. The Rural Placements Guide - how to make the most of your rural placement, contains lots of useful information and tips to help you prepare and organise your rural or remote placement. The mental health guide When the Cowpat hits the Windmill covers mental health issues faced by students while on placement in the bush.
  • If you're interested in general practice, check out our Early Career Doctors page, the Going Places Network website and General Practice Student Network website.
  • If you're interested in working in the country, check out Rural Preferential Recruitment, a preferential recruitment process for final year medical graduates who wish to work in rural facilities across New South Wales. 


RDN scholarships for university students

RDN provides exciting scholarship opportunities for students interested in rural health. Learn more about the Bush Bursaries and Country Women's Association ScholarshipsRural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship and the John Flynn Placement Program.


Other scholarships for all students

For information about scholarship opportunities, browse our Scholarships Database and for advice on what to consider before applying for a scholarship, read Scholarships - Things to Consider.

For rural and regional students looking for help with tertiary study, the Country Education Foundation of Australia's Scholarships Guide is definitely worth a look. The Guide contains more than 1,000 scholarships from grants for textbooks to university fees and living expenses.

RDN can provide tailored support to bonded students including updates to Department of Health reforms, rural immersion opportunities, identifying opportunities to complete return of service obligations and Q&A webinars. Please contact bondedsupport@nswrdn.com.au for more information.


Find out more

Email students@nswrdn.com.au if you would like any more help learning about the exciting opportunities of a rural health career.

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