WA Centre for Rural Health Makes Premier's Awards Shortlist
The WA Centre for Rural Health announced that its ‘Strengthening the Rural Health Pipeline’ strategy has been shortlisted for the 2014 Premier’s Awards under the ‘developing the economy category’.
Deputy Director - Assistant Professor Maeva Hall
The Centre’s strategy takes a multi-pronged approach involving a series of programs aimed at addressing health workforce challenges in rural Western Australia by engaging students, rural health professionals and service providers into an integrated education and training model.
Assistant Professor Maeva Hall, Deputy Director at the WA Centre for Rural Health says the strategy has created a blue-print for many programs currently delivered at the Centre.
“Our mission is to provide rural health education and research which contributes to better health outcomes for rural communities – the ‘Strengthening the Rural Health Pipeline’ model is allowing us to put this aspiration into practice.”
“Research evidence shows that young people who grow up in rural areas and students who have experienced positive rural placements are more likely to consider pursuing careers in rural health. We also know that health professionals who work in the country tend to stay if they are well supported and have access to high-quality education opportunities – this is the thinking that underpins the pipeline strategy.”
“By way of demonstration, we have implemented several new programs over the past year which have contributed to trebling student numbers and interest in rural health: our Student Health Academies introduce various aspects of health disciplines to high school students every Term and our undergraduate placements include a mix of clinical and community-based programs, which encourage students to work with others specialising in different health fields.”
The strategy has also contributed to reinforcing partnerships with local health service providers and consolidating the rural infrastructure needed to deliver health education and programs.
“We purchased and renovated student accommodation in Geraldton in 2012. We are currently constructing additional accommodation in Mt Magnet and have recently opened EdSIM, which enables health education and training using simulation techniques.”
“We are really proud that our efforts are being recognised through this shortlisting. It’ll be a terrific opportunity to present our strategy to the judging panel in a couple of weeks and showcase all the great work that is being done in the Midwest from a health perspective,” Assistant Professor Hall said.
Presentations to the judging panel will take place in Perth, on the 22nd of July.
Further information can be obtained by contacting the WA Centre for Rural Health on 08 9956 0225.
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09 July 2014