Supporting nursing and allied health student placements in rural and remote Australia: a narrative review of publications by university departments of rural health

Walsh, Sandra M., Versace, Vincent L., Thompson, Sandra C., Browne, Leanne J., Knight, Sabina, Lyle, David M., Argus, Geoff, and Jones, Martin (2023) Supporting nursing and allied health student placements in rural and remote Australia: a narrative review of publications by university departments of rural health. Medical Journal of Australia, 219 (S3). S14-S19.

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Abstract

University departments of rural health are Commonwealth-funded to improve recruitment and retention of the rural allied health and nursing (including midwifery) workforce, primarily through student placements.

We examined publications by university departments of rural health that were focused on allied health and nursing students undertaking placements in rural Australia, to understand the characteristics, main findings and implications of the research conducted.

Interprofessional learning was a key feature of placements and placement education, although other activities such as community engagement added to placement experiences.

Factors such as quality supervision and being involved in the community contributed to a positive placement experience and increased rural practice intention. Tracking studies showed a relationship between rural placements, rural practice intention and rural practice.

Rural placements occurred across a variety of settings and in locations consistent with the policy framework. Embedding university departments of rural health in rural communities enabled staff to build relationships and increase placement capacity.

Item ID: 80327
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1326-5377
Keywords: Allied health occupations, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social work, Speech pathology
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2024 03:53
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390110 Medicine, nursing and health curriculum and pedagogy @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280112 Expanding knowledge in the health sciences @ 100%
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