Rural Health Interprofessional Immersion Programme

What: Rural training placements for undergraduate nursing, medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dental and other students from the University of Auckland and the University of Otago, run with the support of Health Workforce New Zealand.

Students gain clinical experience and the chance to work in Māori communities and with Māori health providers. They also take part in a comprehensive interprofessional education programme.

Aims: There is a long-standing shortage of health professionals wanting to work in many rural communities in New Zealand. Overseas experience indicates that one strategy to redress these shortages is to develop rural training hubs.

Where: These residential immersion programmes are based at:

  • Whakatāne Hospital, Eastern Bay of Plenty
  • Gisborne Community, Tairawhiti.

Benefits: Students undertake a wide range of teaching and learning activities at a variety of clinical sites, such as seeing patients together in clinics, on home visits, and learning to undertake joint clinical decision-making. They work with clinicians across the health care spectrum, and reflect on their learning in relation to the community context, the literature and the evidence, and also with each other.

Next steps: The current demonstration runs until December 2014.

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