Nursing and allied health students

When you’re heading off on a rural clinical placement, you need accommodation. You might also be looking for resources to plan, financial help or personal, social or academic support. Here’s a range of support services to help you plan and enjoy your placement.

Monash health professions students can access support right across Victoria through a collaboration between Monash, the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.

Eliza Kidder

Rural work is such a different experience compared to being in a city. Valuable lessons are learned when out rural and they will stay with you for the rest of your career.
- Bachelor of paramedicine student

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Chloe O'Mallee

Engaging in the local community and lifestyle isn't something you can really do in a metro placement, and the smaller rural hospitals offer you huge variety in client presentations. As a learning experience, I gained so much valuable clinical knowledge and experience from excellent supervising clinicians.
- Bachelor of Physiotherapy student

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In north-west Victoria and Gippsland, Monash Rural Health offers accommodation at these sites:

  • Bairnsdale
  • Bendigo
  • Mildura
  • Moe
  • Sale
  • Traralgon
  • Warragul
  • Wonthaggi

For placements in north-east and western Victoria you can contact the University of Melbourne.
For placements in south-west Victoria you can contact Deakin University.

If your placement is anywhere else in Australia, you can find similar support on the Australian Rural Health Education Network (AHREN) website. The site lists the location of all university departments of rural health across Australia.

Financial help for rural and regional placements

If you need financial help to go on a clinical placement, you can apply for a Monash Practical Placement Bursary. Student loans and emergency grants are also available to eligible students. Monash also offers support if you're heading overseas for a placement.

Allied Health and Psychology Professional Placement Scholarship

This scholarship, supported by Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, provides up to $11,000 for undergraduate and postgraduate allied health students to undertake a placement in a mental health setting. 5% of scholarships will be prioritised to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants. Visit the ACN website for more information and to apply.

RWAV scholarships

RWAV (Rural Workforce Agency) Victoria offers grants of up to $2000 to help medicine, nursing and allied health students to do placements in regional or rural Victoria. Look under Future Workforce Grants for guidelines and an application form.

Going Rural Health Student Support Scheme

The Going Rural Health Student Support Scheme can help you with up to $200 per week towards the cost of accommodation and travel when you're doing a rural clinical placement. The scheme is administered by the University of Melbourne, but open to students from any university doing a placement in central and north-east Victoria, and the Ballarat and Grampians regions. Take a look at the Going Rural Health website for details.

Are you eligible?

Some students are ineligible for this support scheme. These include:

  • Non-Monash University international students
  • Diploma level students
  • Students undertaking a paid internship

A specific bursary to support Master of Psychology student placements is also available.

Helpful resources when you're going on a rural placement

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) has produced two learning modules that will help you prepare to work in a rural setting:

Support during your placement

Student support and mental health

Monash provides a range of personal, social and academic support for students. See the faculty guide for accessing student support.

The National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) produces a guide to mental health: When the cowpat hits the windmill: a guide to staying mentally fit.

Someone to talk to on-site

At each of Monash Rural Health’s training sites, you can also find someone to talk to:

Bairnsdale Administration (03) 5150 3613
Bendigo Georgea Lehmann (03) 5440 9013
Mildura Louise Hodgetts (03) 5022 5536
Sale Administration (03) 5143 8500
Traralgon Tina Whitney (03) 5122 7231
Warragul (including Leongatha, Moe and Morwell) Katherine Vaughan (03) 5122 7307

At all our main teaching sites you have access to student lounges, Eduroam Wi-Fi, simulation suites and libraries. We can also connect you with student social events, local sporting clubs and activities, the safest cycling or running routes, the best place to find a coffee … just ask.