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As part of its vision to build capacity and leadership in remote and Indigenous health, Mount Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health (MICRRH) provides placement opportunities for undergraduate, post graduate and international students.

Undertaking a placement at MICRRH provides a blend of academic, professional, social and cultural experiences underpinned by a strong theme of Interprofessional education.

MICRRH is staffed with university academics from a wide range of health disciplines including nursing, medicine, mental health, pharmacy and allied health. MICRRH also has strong relationships with Queensland Health, the general practice division (North & West Queensland Primary Health Care (NWQPHC)) and private health providers in the community. This allows students to undertake placements throughout the entire area serviced by MICRRH.

Students at Lawnhill Gorge

Student Lawnhill
MICRRH is proud of the opportunities provided through our placements. Student feedback through evaluation of their placement experience provides the stimulus for further development and support of the placement program. In response to student and preceptor feedback only placements for a total of four weeks or longer are supported. We are unable to provide support for shorter placements. Students interested in undertaking a placement through MICRRH need their university supervisor to liaise with the relevant academic at MICRRH [See MICRRH Staff Profiles]. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept inquiries from individuals.

We work closely with your parent university to ensure we facilitate you meeting the requirements of your specific university placement.

To facilitate the organisation of placements MICRRH also has a full time dedicated placement officer. This allows for smooth co-ordination of placement paperwork, travel and accommodation requirements and a central point of contact for all students placed at MICRRH. The placement officer also conducts the compulsory orientation program for new students upon their arrival.
All students that attend MICRRH must also attend our 1 day cultural awareness course during their placement. This helps them understand the local approach to health care delivery throughout the area serviced by MICRRH.

Students are required to provide evidence of compliance with Queensland Health immunisation requirements and have a current Positive Notice Blue Card for Child Related Employment prior to commencing a placement at MICRRH.

Medical Students at 2009 relay for Life evente

MICRRH supports students undertaking placement by providing fully subsidized accommodation. All accommodation is fully air conditioned and is either within the hospital grounds or within a short 5 to 10 minute walk to the placement site. The only thing students need to provide is their own food and personal items.

Students at MICRRH have access to purpose built lecture theatres, a computer lab, a clinical skills lab and library.

Placements at MICRRH are not all work. We believe it is essential to experience the local communities to gather a full understanding of community issues and opportunities. To achieve this we facilitate student participation in social activities within the community. These activities join students from all disciplines together and are valuable in instilling respect and understanding between the various health disciplines.

Additional details of MICRRH placement opportunities are available in our Placement Orientation Manual [PDF file: 1.4MB] or via email to micrrh-studentplacements@jcu.edu.au

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Mount Isa Centre for Rural & Remote Health   Funded by the Department of Health & Ageing, Australian Government
Telephone: +61 7 4745 4500  Fax: +61 7 4749 5130   Email: micrrh@jcu.edu.au
Content Provided By: Maree Nichols.    Authorised By: Dennis Pashen.    Page Last Updated: 19 June 2011