Professional development

We have clinical educators located across our regional footprint who work with students and clinicians to develop, expand and enhance quality rural placements.

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
  • connecting health professionals with opportunities to develop cultural awareness
  • 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.

Professional development and events calendar

Free on-demand recorded webinars

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 - module feedback

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.

Open leaning module: Rural Clinical Placements - how to grow your own

Rural Clinical Placements – How to Grow Your Own

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.

Going Rural Health online courses

The Going Rural Health team in Victoria also host a variety of online learning modules that are relevant to rural placements, including:

  • Supervision for service learning placements
  • Interprofessional education for rural student placements
  • Giving and receiving effective feedback
  • And much, much more.

Register to access Going Rural online courses


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).