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1 G’Day! Francine Riley Student Initiatives Senior Project Officer Health Careers in the Bush program: Encouraging rural and remote students towards health careers. 22 nd June 2010

2 Today… What is Health Workforce Queensland? Why am I here? What is Health Careers in the Bush? Where is Brisbane, Australia?

3 Why am I here? 1.To contribute to the sharing of information, ideas and tips between like minded organisations around the world 2.To learn from your programs and your successes 3.To raise awareness of our efforts in Queensland, Australia 4.To see the sights! (My first visit to America)

4 Capital City is Canberra Where is Brisbane, Australia? BRISBANE

5 Where is Brisbane, Australia? From Desert to Snow and everything in between… BRISBANE

6 Where is Brisbane, Australia?

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9 Close to home…

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11 Health Workforce Queensland We are primarily funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing to Support Primary Health Care in rural and remote communities in Queensland

12 Health Workforce Queensland Funded to provide services to rural and remote areas only

13 Our Teams and ‘The Pipeline’ Student Initiatives Team: Health Careers in the Bush Student Initiatives Team: Universities and Rural Health Clubs ATTRACTION High School & University RECRUITMENT Domestic and International RETENTION General Practitioners Recruitment Team: Private GP Recruitment & Migration service Quality Use of Medicines Team: Drug treatment guidance to GP’s Data & Research Team: Policy Development Medical Education and Training Team: GP Professional Development QRMFN: GP Family Support Recruitment Team: GP Locum support

14 Our Teams and ‘The Pipeline’ Student Initiatives Team: Health Careers in the Bush Student Initiatives Team: Universities and Rural Health Clubs ATTRACTION High School & University RECRUITMENT Domestic and International RETENTION General Practitioners Recruitment Team: Private GP Recruitment & Migration service Quality Use of Medicines Team: Drug treatment guidance to GP’s Data & Research Team: Policy Development Medical Education and Training Team: GP Professional Development QRMFN: GP Family Support Recruitment Team: GP Locum support

15 Recruitment team 1.End-to-end recruitment service for private rural and remote General Practice and Aboriginal Medical Services 2.Migration service 3.Locum service RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

16 Recruitment team RECRUITMENT & RETENTION GP’s employed in rural and remote QLD at 30/11/09 (increase of 39 from 30/11/08) (49.6%) of them obtained basic medical qualification overseas 3.UK (90), India (89), South Africa (78), United State of America (1)

17 Recruitment team 1.Increase of GP recruits for rural practice 19 recruits Jul04 – Jun05 44 recruits Jul 08 – Jun09 100% of recruits received orientation 2. An average of 75 locum placements coordinated each year since 2005 RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

18 Medical Education & Training team 1.Providing access to quality education and training for GP’s in Queensland 2.Procedural and Non-Procedural Workshops E.g. Rural Emergency Medicine, Emergency Paediatrics, Women’s Health and Skin Cancer 3.All workshops are accredited by our GP training colleges for Continuing Professional Development points RETENTION

19 Medical Education & Training team 2007: 253 delegates over 13 workshops 2008: 442 delegates over 28 workshops 2009: 400 delegates over 27 workshops 92% of delegates in 2009 agreed or strongly agreed that workshop attendance helped alleviate professional isolation 96% of delegates agreed or strongly agreed that they gained confidence in practicing rurally RETENTION

20 Queensland Rural Medical Family Network Providing support to spouses and families of our rural doctors Orientation Kit for new rural families Newsletter and network of volunteers for peer support Small grants available to facilitate networking events in their community RETENTION

21 Quality Use of Medicines team Providing unbiased, evidence-based advice on drug treatment and other initiatives to rural GP’s 350 rural GP’s participated in education visits Jul08-Jun09 Topics include Treating the symptoms of Dementia and Early use of Insulin and oral antidiabetic drugs RETENTION

22 Data Research and Evaluation team Maintaining a comprehensive information system in relation to the rural and remote medical workforce Workforce modelling, monitoring and analysis of trends and issues Reliable, accurate and timely data to influence policy for the rural medical workforce RETENTION

23 My team: Student Initiatives Three main ‘hats’ 1.University Rural Health Club support 2.Other University support 3.Health Careers in the Bush Program ATTRACTION

24 1. University Rural Health Club support Supporting these clubs to provide positive rural health experiences to their members Contracted as TROHPIQ’s administrators Provide governance and business advice Provide conference sponsorship Provide access to our Education Workshops Clubs are primarily funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing My team: Student Initiatives

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28 Advocacy for the clubs to the Deans and Vice Chancellors of their Universities Annual General Practice ‘Dinner of Excellence’ Sponsorship of JCU Graduation 2. Other University support My team: Student Initiatives

29 Member of the Health Careers in the Bush Alliance Health Career Workshops (Camps) since 1994 Rural High School Visits since 2004 Website and resources Evaluations and tracking 3. Health Careers in the Bush Program My team: Student Initiatives

30 Health Careers in the Bush Health Career Workshops (Camps) Junior, Senior & Indigenous (4 per year) 4 days (live in) University, Hospital and health facility tours and lectures Funded and coordinated by Queensland Health

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33 Health Careers in the Bush Health Career Workshops Testimonials “Thank you for letting me come and learn a whole new world for me. Thank you” “I really enjoyed this, it has helped a lot with my future career choices, I would recommend this workshop to others” “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this workshop, it has been a great help to learn and discover about different health professions…” “It has changed my views on everything. The opportunities you have provided me with are excellent.”

34 Where do they come from? 1300 students between Workshops per year on average

35 Health Careers in the Bush Rural High School Visits 3 – 4 day road trips around Queensland Facilitated by the Rural Health Club members (University students who have ‘been there, done that’) Training, logistical coordination, printed booklets and equipment provided by Health Workforce Queensland Funded by Health Workforce Queensland and the Rural Health Clubs

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39 Health Careers in the Bush Rural High School Visits Testimonials “How they told us what it was like at uni, I feel now like I'm more motivated for my future career” “Hearing experiences from present students and how they are enjoying their courses” “They knew what they were talking about and could answer any questions. Hands on activities were cool” “The presentation really made me think about working in the health careers”

40 Where do we go? 5-8 schools per trip 5-40 students per school = around 1000 students per year Increased the number of schools visited from 17 to 39 per year since 2006

41 Health Careers in the Bush Why do we do it? Break down the perceived barriers of entering a health career Illustrate the wide variety of exciting health professions Explain that it’s not all about getting the top mark at school (although completing Year 12 is an advantage) That university students from rural areas have been there and done that (and are loving it) so you can too!

42 Evaluations - Workshops In 2004 there was a Research Evaluation Project conducted for all workshop participants between 1994 and 2002 Out of 70 students interviewed 63 were either employed in the health industry or studying to do so The top three factors contributing to their career choice were: 1.Self interest (62 rated as very high or high) 2.Attendance at HCW (34) 3.OP Score (27) Health Careers in the Bush

43 Evaluations – Rural School Visits Three forms of feedback Student satisfaction Teacher satisfaction Facilitator satisfaction A formal research project on the influence of RHSV for high school students is difficult. But anecdotally…it helps! RHSV is not only beneficial to the school students but to the facilitators as well. Could a rural town they visit be their future workplace one day? Health Careers in the Bush

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45 Evaluations – Rural School Visits Currently considering ways to improve our ‘tracking’ of high school students E.g. Membership forms of the Rural Health Clubs Ad hoc data collection through chatting to students, hearing from doctors and asking HCW and RHSV mentors Limited $ for research Closer relationship with universities and input into their selection processes is required Health Careers in the Bush

46 Resources Profiles on over 26 health professions Includes up to date OP scores and pre-requisites Careers in TAFE Scholarships and Grants database 3 videos produced CD-Rom, printed booklet and pens! Health Careers in the Bush

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