Recap: NRHSN Council & 21st Birthday in Canberra 2016

Two of TROHPIQ’s executive committee, Chantel (Vice President) & Billy (President), flew down to Canberra last week to celebrate our parent organisation’s – National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) – 21st birthday.

The festivities also coincided with a NRHSN council meeting with representatives from the 28 rural health clubs across Australia. It was a very productive council with many new connections made, and information shared about success events. The NRHSN executive, of whom Billy is a member, also released their priorities for 2016. This year the NRHSN will be advocating for;

  1. Positive, clear and supported rural training pathways
  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health – improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through advocating for more Indigenous students to pursue health careers
  3. Mental health training and awareness for all university health students – so we can care for ourselves and others, particularly in rural areas where mental health is a major issue
  4. Innovative future healthcare models that empower communities – we want to train and work in an innovative, consumer centered, needs assessed, sustainable healthcare model that meets consumer needs as they change over time

TROHPIQ is very supportive of these priorities, and will endeavor to tailor events & advocacy to achieve these goals.

NRHSN’s 21st Birthday Celebration took place at Parliament House in Canberra, and featured a panel discussion with Hon Richard Di Natale (leader of the Greens), the Hon Stephen Jones (shadow health minister), & Rebecca Irwin (chair NRHSN). It was a very informed and exciting discussion about the future of rural health. The overwhelming message is that of optimism and innovation.

There was also had an address from the Hon. Fiona Nash. “I look forward to working with the National Rural Health Student Network as they help shape the health landscape” – Senator Fiona Nash.



Representatives from Queensland rural health clubs also enjoyed a spontaneous tour from senator Ian Macdonald, including ABC studios at Parliament House.Picture2

Billy and Chantel outside of Parliament House.


Senator Chantel!


Rockhampton RCS Trip

An awesome opportunity for medical students to get a sneak peak of life at a Rural Clinical School!

When: April 16-17

Cost: $70 including flights, accommodation, skills sessions and Capricorn Cave tour.

10 positions available. Click here to sign on!

Barunga Aboriginal Fesitval

Barunga Festival, held annually on the Queen’s birthday long weekend (10-12 June, 2016) is now in its 31st year, earning its place as one of the most important community festivals in regional Australia. It is located 70km south-east of Katherine, around a 4 hour drive from Darwin.

Visit our Facebook event page for more information.barunga2.png

The Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life through football, basketball, softball, music (contemporary and traditional), traditional arts and culture. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community.

The 2015 Festival attracted 4000 visitors from far and wide, and garnered national and international media coverage.

In 2016, this much-loved Territory event promises to deliver an incredible program of music, sport, culture, art, dance, circus, kids activities, workshops, healthy food and many more festive treats.

Are you interested in representing TROHPIQ on a fun and rewarding trip to the annual Barunga Indigenous Festival in the Top End, Northern Territory?

We are sending 5 students to assist in running a stall with the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses Unit, Darwin. Volunteers will be promoting health education and careers while having plenty of time to take in the fun and experience much of the great culture that the festival has to offer.

This trip is open to both allied health and medical students so apply now to get involved! Due to the limited places available, members will be shortlisted and will undergo an interview for this rare opportunity! Good Luck!!

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