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;
- Positive, clear and supported rural training pathways
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Billy and Chantel outside of Parliament House.