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Inspiring Students to Go Rural

The GO RURAL Victoria event was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and administered by Rural Health Workforce Australia and coordinated by RWAV. It was held in Gisborne on Saturday 4th February 2017.  17 medicine, nursing and allied health students and 3 early career health professionals from across Victoria visited Gisborne Medical Centre for a leadership workshop. It was run by the workwell group with a focus on promoting the benefits of Rural Health careers in communities and incentives available to rural health professionals. The morning included an engaging presentation from Riwka Hagen, the Practice Manager at Gisborne Medical Centre and Board member (Deputy Chair) for Cobaw Community Health about her journey working in the local area as a health professional to becoming a leader in her community.  The day was broken up by a hands-on digital workshop with thinkdigital showcasing ways of sharing experiences through 360 degree videos and virtual reality utilising tools available online.  Lunch was held at nearby La Cibo café before more digital experiences on the thinkdigital bus where students experienced videos they had made through virtual reality headsets, and discovered other ways they might be able to use virtual reality in real life.  The day was concluded with groups setting goals and plans to work together to engage their peers and communities, in sharing the Go Rural message.

thinkdigital’s Tim Gentle and Dr Louise Manning, RWAV Rural Ambassador and Medical intern at Bendigo Health created this 360 degree tour of her rural health workplace which utilised the tools used in the workshop.

Keep an eye on this page for more 360 degree footage created by participants.

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