Student Experience Program
Heart of Australia’s unique student experience program. NextGen Medics gives students a first-hand insight into health inequity in rural and regional Australia. The Program shows them the life-saving and life-changing contribution they can make as a doctor or allied health professional working in remote and regional Queensland.
Applications for the mid-year intake are now closed. Follow our socials to stay up-to-date with details surrounding the end-of-year program.
The Heart of Australia NextGen Medics Program has been supported with an educational grant from Bayer Australia Ltd.
Student Experience Program
How do I apply?
Applications for the 2022 mid-year program are now closed. Details around the end-of-year program will be released closer to the dates.
When will the 2022 NextGen program take place?
The mid year 2022 cohort will complete the program over two blocks. These blocks have been chosen to take advantage of university holidays and minimize time away from study and employment obligations.
Dates for the 2022 Mid-Year Blocks (subject to change) are:
Saturday 25 June - Sunday 3 July 2022
Saturday 16 July - Sunday 17 July
Applicants must ensure they are available for all the dates across all Blocks listed above.
Video interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place from 16 May and continue until all six places are filled.
How does the program work?
It provides current medical students and allied health students with the opportunity to experience Heart of Australia’s innovative service delivery model.
Students will spend a cumulative 12 days immersed in Heart of Australia’s program, experiencing the locations, the communities, the medicine and the logistics that make it all happen.
- Gain first hand, in-person insights into the health inequity in rural and regional Australia, meeting real people and hearing their stories.
- Gain first-hand access to healthcare practice in a mobile clinic in rural settings.
- Understand the life-saving and life-changing impact that specialists can have in rural and remote communities
- Experience how easy it is to practice specialist medicine on our mobile medical clinics with the support of the Heart of Australia logistical, administrative and clinical teams
- Understand how they can contribute to rural and regional medicine with just a few days each quarter – without making a permanent move or relocating to the bush.
- Experience and fall in love with the beauty of the Australian Outback – its landscapes, communities and characters.
What will the program include?
The program includes five days of clinical hours per student, time with patients and specialists, time with the operations crew who make the mobile service possible, time with local GPs, and visits with local community members whose lives have been impacted by the service.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend a GP Education Session (a professional development service we provide to local GPs) and to visit local tourism highlights.
What specialist services does Heart of Australia offer?
Specialist services currently being offered on the ‘Heart Trucks’ include cardiology, cardiac sonography, endocrinology, gastroenterology, gynaecology, neurology, psychology and sleep and respiratory services.
Where scheduling allows we aim for NextGen Medics students to engage with a minimum of two specialities, plus cardiac sonography and cardiac monitoring.
Who is eligible to apply?
The NextGen Medics program is open to all students who are currently enrolled as students (in good standing) in a medical or allied health degree.
Please note that students who are currently enrolled in or recently graduated from pre-medical degrees, such as biological science, but who have not commenced a medical school degree are not presently eligible for the program.
The program provides opportunities to local, national and international medical and allied health students.
How many students will be accepted?
For our mid year 2022 cohort, we will be accepting six students.
Small cohorts provide an excellent opportunity for enhanced engagement with our team while also accommodating the logistical constraints of working on-board the Heart Trucks.
What type of students make great NextGen Medics applicants?
- Students (medical and allied health) who have a strong interest in rural and regional medicine and health care.
- Students who are interested in making a difference to communities experiencing health inequity.
- Students who are interested in learning what it is like to be a doctor (or health professional) in rural and regional Queensland, and the pathways to making it happen.
- Students who are considering becoming specialists and are curious about how you can help rural and regional communities with just a few days work a quarter.
- Students who have demonstrated their commitment to rural and regional health care through club memberships, placement or course selections and alike will be highly regarded.
- Students who have an existing connection to rural and regional communities and who are eager to serve those communities.
How will this work with COVID-19?
Heart of Australia has been delivering medical services throughout the pandemic by adopting all required protocols to ensure patient and team safety. These same protocols shall be engaged for and required of the students.
What’s not covered by the program fee?
The program fee covers all the main costs. Additional items you might like to budget for include snacks, tourist souvenirs, and non-scheduled attractions. Transport between the students’ home and Headquarters or the nominated departure/arrivals airport is the student’s responsibility.
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What are the highlights of the program?
- An exclusive experience very few students have the opportunity to enjoy.
- The opportunity to experience clinical hours in a unique, innovative, mobile clinic setting.
- The opportunity to experience the mobilisation and medicine for rural and regional communities.
- The opportunity to experience rural and regional communities.
- The opportunity to engage with Heart of Australia’s highly experienced specialists in a small group cohort setting.
- The opportunity to make connections with leading health professionals in rural and regional Queensland,
- The opportunity to understand and start charting their rural career pathway.
Is there a participation fee for the program?
Heart of Australia is proud to offer full-ride scholarships for the six student places in the mid year cohort, with support from the Federal Government.
Costs covered by the program include:
- the costs associated with air and ground transport (as required) to transfer students to and from our Heart Trucks in their rural and regional locations
- overnight accommodation during multi-day remote blocks
- breakfast, lunch and dinner each day during blocks
- NextGen student polo shirts (uniforms)
- Programmed tourist attraction entry (refer program)
- administration and logistics
Please note the scholarships make this program highly desirable and the application process highly competitive.
“The wide discrepancy between rural and city access to specialist services, health challenges isn’t insurmountable – there are solutions and future doctors like me can take a role in tackling this gap”