NextGen Medics

NextGen Medics: Heart of Australia’s unique student experience program.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2021 end-of-year program are now open and close at 11:59pm on Sunday 31 October 2021.

When will the 2021 NextGen program take place?

The end-of-year 2021 cohort will complete the program over three short blocks. These blocks have been chosen to take advantage of university holidays and minimise time away from study and employment obligations.

Dates for the 2021 End-of-Year Blocks (subject to change) are:

Block 1:
Monday 22 November – Sunday 28 November

Block 2:
Friday 10 December – Monday 13 December

Block 3:
Monday 10 January – Friday 14

Applicants must ensure they are available for all the dates across all three Blocks listed above. 

Video interviews with shortlisted candidates will take place from 1 October 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.

Students will:

  • 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 acess 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 will eventually provide opportunities to local, national and international medical and allied health students. However, due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we will only be accepting Australian-based students for the end-of-year 2021 cohort. Specifically, we will only be accepting applications from medical and allied health students who can make their way to Brisbane independently while complying with all lockdown restrictions.

NextGen Medics will welcome applications from students based outside Australia and from across the country for future cohorts, based on any health advice and restrictions that apply at that time.

How many students will be accepted?

For our end-of-year 2021 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.

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 understanding and start charting their rural career pathway.

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.

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 end-of-year 2021 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
  • programming

Please note the scholarships make this program highly desirable and the application process highly competitive.

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.

For information about becoming a corporate partner for the Heart of Australia NextGen Medics program, please email laura@heartofaustralia.com.

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Still not sure?

Read about the 2020 NextGen Cohort experience before you apply.