Reflections on going and working rural: Student Nurses

Reflections on going and working rural: Student nurses perceptions, knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about rural placement and practice.

Chief Investigator: Dr Sandra Hamilton

Co-investigators: Ms Michele Holloway, Professor Sandra Thompson, Associate Professor Rosemary Saunders, Associate Professor Helene Metcalfe

Nurses constitute a large and important part of the rural health workforce, having a more diverse role and additional responsibilities in the rural health care setting. Australian universities encourage rural clinical placements to increase rural workforce choices post-graduation. High quality education and clinical experiences during a student’s nursing degree are essential to provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical and simulated knowledge to a real life setting. However there is limited evidence on nursing student’s experience of the reality of rural clinical practice and how this relates to their pre-placement expectations.

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Missing Voices

Difficulties with yarning, thinking straight, understanding, reading, using hand signs and communicating are common after a person has a stroke or an injury to their brain. They might have trouble talking and doing simple things like asking for a cup of tea, calling out to their family, understanding shows on television or using the telephone. These difficulties are called Acquired Communication Disorders (ACD) and can really upset a person’s life and the life of their family and community.
Aboriginal people are experiencing more strokes and brain injuries than non-Aboriginal people each year. However, Aboriginal people don’t seem to be getting the same help for ACD after a stroke or brain injury than non-Aboriginal people. We would like to find out more about why this is happening.

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More Than Talk

Researchers:  Dr Sandra Thompson, Charmaine Green, Dr Juli Coffin, Dr Judy Katzenellenbogen, Christina Tsou, Emma Haynes, Professor Sarah Prout, Dawn Bessarab, Lisa Wood and Dr Kaniz Gausia


In 2010, the City of Geraldton-Greenough embarked on a community visioning process known as the ‘2029 Sustainable Future City community consultation’. The consultation exercise revealed that Aboriginal people consistently supported the creation and implementation of initiatives targeting racism, access to Aboriginal-friendly life-course education, improvement of social service responsiveness, an increase of opportunities for Aboriginal employment/mentoring, as well as, the visible representation of Aboriginal leadership and culture. This wish-list synergised with the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) ‘Closing the Gap’ building blocks, aimed at closing the health and life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

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Uptake and Impact of Sexual Health Tool

Uptake of a sexual health clinical audit tool and its impact on sexual health service delivery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services


Eight years ago, the Audit and Best Practice for Chronic Disease (ABCD) project rolled out across Australia. The project concentrates on encouraging Aboriginal health care services to implement continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes to enhance care outcomes for their patients and eliminate barriers to providing best-practice quality care.

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