Continuing professional development
Professional development opportunities
Our support for clinicians working and supervising students in rural and remote health within our footprint includes:
- providing learning and teaching resources to support clinicians supervising students on placement
- providing opportunities to participate in educational research projects
- supporting clinicians to attend and present at conferences
- providing opportunities for interprofessional learning and collaboration between health professionals
- delivery of professional development opportunities to clinicians in rural areas.
We also offer free, one-hour online professional development workshops throughout the year that are open to all clinicians.
Open learning modules
We have a number of online modules available to assist you in developing your skills as a clinical supervisor. These modules are free to access, with a certificate of completion also available on request. The modules can be completed either as a stand-alone learning resource or as a suite to comprise the Rural Clinical Placements – How to Grow Your Own course.
Rural Clinical Placements – How to Grow Your Own
In this course, you will learn how to get the most out of your students to help promote a rural intention to practice. Together we can help grow the rural health workforce through great student placement experiences!
The following topics comprise the modules:
- Supervision practices – different models of clinical supervision, how to manage and assess students on placement.
- Enhancing the rural experience – how to leverage those unique components of rural practice to ensure students appreciate the opportunities as well as the challenges.
- Creating a best practice clinical learning environment – What does a high-quality clinical learning environment (CLE) look like? How can we measure quality in the CLE?
- Developing cultural awareness and sensitivity – cultural awareness, safety and sensitivity, and ways of sustaining and promoting this in your profession.
- Challenging conversations – identifying conversations where the stakes are high and building the skills required to navigate these discussions.
- Self-care for clinicians – strategies to reduce stress and promote greater wellbeing.
To learn more about the modules and information regarding other ways we can support you and your organisation in hosting a student, please contact us.
With the increased use of telehealth as a health sector service, there is a recognised need for those entering the workforce to be telehealth ready. In recognition of the particular importance of telehealth to rural clinical practice, we have a suite of telehealth initiatives and training.
Evidenced-based practice learning and assessment framework
Have you ever wondered about evidence-based practice (EBP) and how best to help your students develop their skills in this area? Charles Sturt University researchers have produced a fantastic resource for all educators and clinicians to use with their health professions students.
Printable resources and more information is available at placement-ebp.
Request professional development sessions
If you would like to suggest topics for future professional development sessions, or your organisation would like to arrange tailor-made professional development workshops, please contact our team.
Requests for tailor-made professional development workshops should outline the topic(s) of interest, disciplines in attendance, approximate numbers, and presentation mode (online or face-to-face).