Red Earth's 2015 Immersion Volunteers program

TROHPIQ members have been invited on a unique adventure as one of Red Earth‘s volunteers to visit remote Indigenous communities. Applications close soon, so act fast!

Red Earth is a social enterprise that runs cultural Immersions for high school students. These trips are 11 day camping trips into remote Indigenous communities where students learn about culture from Elders, work on a volunteering project, and enjoy the natural beauty of Australia. The trips run from June to October, and travel to remote Indigenous Communities in Cape York and in Central Australia.
Every year, we engage with 10-20 volunteers who travel with each trip to help with basic logistics and organisation on the ground. Volunteers accompany paid Red Earth trip leaders, we cover all expenses, and we run all volunteers through an  training program so they are prepared for their trips. We are looking for passionate young people who can work independently as leaders with high school students in remote Indigenous
TROHPIQ members would certainly fit the bill and we would love to have some applications from your club. The application information pack is attached, but all of the relevant information, and the online application form, is at . If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, otherwise I look forward to having some applications from your membership base. Applications close in a week, so if you could forward this information on to all of your members that would be fantastic.

BUSHkids 80th Year!

TROHPIQ is very proud to sponsor BUSHkids, a not for profit organisation providing primary health care to children and their families in rural Queensland communities. This year is BUSHkids 80th year of service, and they have a huge list of exciting activities to get involved in across Queensland. See the “Our Partners” section to get more information about BUSHkids.

Brand new TROHPIQ T-shirts available at market day!

BRAND NEW TROHPIQ T-shirts will be available at market day and for purchase online. The t-shirts are white with the TROHPIQ logo across the front. Show your support for rural health! They are $10 each (online payment only).

To pre-pay:
Account name: TROHPIQ
BSB: 064 140
Account number: 1007 8581
Example description: Tshirt “Surname”


South West Rural High School Visit

In February 2015, 6 students from Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedics, Nursing and Medicine went out to experience rural Queensland, and expose rural high school students to the variety of health careers.

We spent time at St George SHS, Surat P-10 SS, and St Johns High in Roma. We explained the role of our respective disciplines through a case based presentation, and then got the high school students some hands on experience with some of the skills practiced in a number of health careers. These workshops included introduction to blood pressure and heart sounds, a plastering session, and reflexes.

Of course, the trip would not have been complete without experiencing ‘the outback’. We had a tour of Jondaryn Station with a sheep shearing demonstration, and the medical students on placement at Roma took us out to experience the Roma ‘nightlife’. We even had a local show us around the Roma Cattle sales.

All in all it was huge success with a great few days making new friends and having fun with high school students!

Thanks to the medical students that hosted us, to the girls that came along on the trip, the schools for having us visit and the NRHSN for funding it!

Chantel & Nataya – TROHPIQ RHSV Convenors 2015

P.S. If you’re interested in participating in a RHSV in the future, keep an eye out on the TROHPIQ website and facebook page.

World Rural Health Conference – physically attend or submit a video diary!

Did you have a great rural placement, or a fantastic time on John Flynn? The World Rural Health Conference (run by the World Organisation of Family Doctors) would like to hear from you!
The conference is inviting students/junior doctors to submit a short 2-3 minute video diary about their rural experience. For more information, visit the following link:
The conference itself will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, 15-18 April 2015. Student packages are available (registration + accommodation) for €360 (about AUD$530). Details are available here:
Remember, you don’t need to physically attend the conference to submit a video!