SQRH and RFDS increase health students education

22 Mar 2019

Geoff Argus and Trent Dean shaking handsSouthern Queensland Rural Health (SQRH) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section (RFDS) have joined forces to provide opportunities for nursing, midwifery and allied health students to learn more about rural practice in some of the most remote parts of Queensland.

SQRH Director Associate Professor Geoff Argus and RFDS Head of Clinical Governance Trent Dean signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 19 March 2019 at the SQRH Toowoomba office.

Associate Professor Argus said the MOU creates a platform to grow an important relationship.

“SQRH supports nursing, midwifery and allied health students in their rural placements and a major focus for us has been to increase student exposure to the many and varied opportunities in rural practice,” he said.

“The RFDS provides essential services in the bush and students will gain invaluable experience in the field and at the RFDS Charleville Base.”

The MOU document sets out a number of agreed activities including:

  • Provide opportunities for RFDS staff in SQRH facilitated training
  • Access to training materials developed by SQRH as identified
  • Provide access to SQRH training facilities for shared training activities
  • Provide opportunities for student placements for third year nursing/midwifery students and fourth year allied health students
  • Provide opportunities for students on placement in Charleville to attend RFDS outreach clinics
  • Provide opportunities for students to be involved in RFDS simulation training.
Media: Sonia Wood, SQRH Communications, sonia.wood@uq.edu.au, +61 437 029 792, @SQRuralhealth.

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