Rural clinical education support

We have clinical educators located across our regional footprint.

Our clinical educators will work with you to develop and expand your capacity to support quality rural clinical training for the rural health workforce of the future.

Contact your local Clinical Educator

Professional development opportunities

Our support includes professional development opportunities for clinicians working and supervising students in rural and remote health within our footprint, such as:

  • 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

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. We also have clinical educators available to run these modules as a workshop in a face to face format in your organisation.

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 those difficult behaviours in students and how to address them.
  • Self-care for clinicians – strategies to reduce stress and promote greater wellbeing as a clinical supervisor.

Openlearning - Rural Clinical Placements

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 Three Rivers UDRH via or phone 02 6051 9177.

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.

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