Right now is an exciting time to be involved in rural health!
- High school students
- University students
- Bonded students
- Moving into the workforce
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Our high school students page provides links to information on different health careers and living and working in rural NSW.
Rural health experiences
NSW Rural Doctors Network (RDN) provides stacks of opportunities for you to immerse yourself in rural life including placements, road trips, cadetships, scholarships and bursaries. Learn more
Rural health clubs
The National Rural Health Student Network is a multidisciplinary health network comprising 28 rural health clubs at universities around Australia.
Join your university Rural Health Club and join the multidisciplinary network of like-minded students interested in a rural health career.
If you intend to go into general practice you may also be interested in the General Practice Student Network.
- The National Rural Health Student Network’s Rural Placements Guide on how to make the most of your rural placement.
- The National Rural Health Student Network’s guide ‘When the Cowpat hits the Windmill’ covers mental health issues faced by students while on placement in the bush.
- For students embarking on a career in medicine, ‘Keeping Your Grass Greener’ is a must-read.
Each year RDN offers several grants for allied health, medical, midwifery and nursing students to attend conferences and professional development events. Learn more
RDN can provide tailored support to bonded students, including updates to Department of Health reforms, rural immersion opportunities, and identifying opportunities to complete return of service obligations. Learn More
Check out the Bonded participant page on Rural Health Pro. The group is a forum to share and discuss topics, ask questions and talk through your experiences of the program or being involved in rural health opportunities.
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RDN offers several scholarships, including:
- Bush Bursaries and Country Women's Association Scholarships
- Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship
- Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship for Indigenous Students.
You can also browse our Scholarships Database.
For rural and regional students looking for help with tertiary study, the Country Education Foundation of Australia's Scholarships Guide is worth a look.
For advice on what to consider before applying for a scholarship, read Scholarships - Things to Consider.
If you are a qualified health professional looking for funding to support your professional development in the field of medicine, nursing, allied health, dentistry and Aboriginal health in rural and remote NSW, please visit the Health Workforce Scholarship Program page.
For nursing and allied health students
RDN offers recruitment services for nursing and allied health professionals looking to go rural. Learn more here and read our advice on preparing your CV and getting ready for an interview.
For medical students
If you're interested in working in general practice in the country start with our information for Early Career Doctors. You should also 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. You might also be interested in the General Practice Registrars Australia.
RDN, on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health, offers cadetships to medical students interested in undertaking a medical career in rural NSW. At least two of these cadetships are for Indigenous medical students.
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