New administrator announced for the National Rural Health Student Network

The Australian Government has appointed a new administrator for the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN).

Page last updated: 19 December 2017

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19 December 2017

The Federal Coalition Government has again demonstrated its support for students interested in a rural health career, with the appointment of a new administrator for the National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN).

From 1 January 2018, a consortium of Rural Workforce Agencies – led by the NSW Rural Doctors Network – will administer the NRHSN with Federal Government funding of $1.4 million over three years.

Federal Assistant Health Minister, Dr David Gillespie, said the new administrator would support and develop the NRHSN, which provides a powerful voice for students who are pursuing a career in rural health.

“To develop and train the next generation of rural health professionals, early engagement with students who are studying medicine, nursing, midwifery and allied health is crucial,” Minister Gillespie said.

“The Federal Coalition Government is working hard to address the health workforce challenges in rural Australia, and the NRHSN plays an important role in helping us to achieve this outcome. It’s crucial that they are given the support they need to continue their work, and that’s what this funding and the appointment of a new administrator will deliver.”

The NRHSN currently has more than 10,000 members. They also represent 28 university rural health clubs around Australia, which host a range of events and activities that provide professional learning and a social base for students interested in rural health.

As the new administrator, the consortium of state-based workforce agencies will aim to achieve national coverage, a strong connection for members of the NRHSN and more opportunities for promotion among the broader rural health workforce.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6586 4462

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