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!

Funding Opportunities for the National Rural Health Conference

Two opportunities for funding have arisen for the National Rural Health Conference, which will be held in Darwin, 24-27 May ( )

1. NRHSN funding for Conferences of National Significance (CoNS). Deadline for the National Rural Health Conference funding: end of March

This is definitely a great opportunity for anyone in their uni’s rural health club.

You can apply for CoNS funding to cover your conference registration fee, travel, and up to $130/night of your accommodation. For more information on how to apply, what the funding covers (and how you get your money), make sure you click the ‘Guidelines’, ‘Travel’ and ‘Application’ links on the website here:
That website also lists some other conferences you can receive funding for, make sure you check it out!

2. Des Murray Scholarship, specifically for students from remote backgrounds to attend the National Rural Health Conference (Darwin, May 2015).
Deadline: February 23

Nominations are being sought from NRHA Council and Friends Advisory Committee members for the 2015 Des Murray Scholarship.

The Des Murray Scholarship was established by the Alliance to recognise Des Murray’s contribution to the rural and remote health community, and as a reminder of the man and his work. The Scholarship is awarded every second year to enable a young person from a more remote area to attend the National Rural Health Conference. In 2015 the Scholarship will cover the cost of registration, airfare and accommodation for the 13th National Rural Health Conference in Darwin, 24-27 May 2015.

For more details on the Des Murray Scholarship, view the guidelines attached below and if you meet the criteria, send an email to so I can send you the nomination form!

Des Murray Scholarship 2015 – Guidelines

Attention John Flynn Placement Program students:

Q: Can I combine my John Flynn Placement Program with my third year Medicine in Society rotation?
A: ACRRM has further clarified the possibility of combining the Medicine in Society (rural) rotation with a John Flynn placement. While they remain supportive of this option, it will have to be approved on a case-by-case basis AND will generally only apply to students who have already completed 2 JFPP placements.
For more information, visit the Medicine in Society Stream A website  (, or email

APPLY NOW: Rural Clinical School Representatives


Applications are now open for Rural Clinical School Representatives positions at Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Hervey Bay! Two positions are required at each clinical site, so apply now!

The role of TROHPIQ’s RCS Rep is to advocate for their rural area and clinical school while supporting the annual RCS trip and help out those undertaking placements. If you have any questions regarding the positions, please do not hesitate to contact