The rural school visits are the primary initiative of Hauora Taiwhenua Rural Health Network’s Rural Health Careers Promotion Programme.
Led by Hauora Taiwhenua in partnership with the Students of Rural Health Aotearoa Chapter and funded by the Ministry of Health, this initiative aims to encourage young people in rural areas to study a health discipline at a tertiary level.
The school trips involve groups of tertiary health students touring rural regions to visit rural schools, practices, hospitals, and other health providers in the area. During these visits, the tertiary students host interactive health career workshops with year nine and ten school pupils. These workshops are an opportunity for the tertiary students to share their advice and experience to showcase the career opportunities available in health and to inspire rural young people to consider pursuing a career in health.