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Left: Students visiting Harvey Hospital. Middle: Dr Michael Butcher instructing students in a suturing skills workshop.
Right: Joshua Yip after completing his abseiling challenge.

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Left: Students participating in a high ropes course. Right: Students participating in a laughter workshop.


Rural Health West receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health through Rural Health Workforce Australia to develop and deliver an annual event as a component of the national Go Rural program.

The Go Rural program showcases the rewards of being a rural health professional and offers medical, nursing and allied health students and professionals the chance to experience multidisciplinary health care in the rural sector. The program also offers networking opportunities and information for their personal journey.

The 2016 Western Australian Go Rural event was held over three days in Harvey in the south west region of Western Australia and was attended by 17 final year medical, nursing and allied health students from Western Australian universities.  The focus of the weekend was on the importance of multidisciplinary health care in regional, rural and remote locations.  Over the three days, students completed challenging activities which included suturing skills workshop, laughter yoga workshop, hospital and town tour and a quiz night. A Pilates class and a young professionals networking evening were also held over the weekend.