Partnerships in health: Achieving success through service learning placements

Brent Smith, Rebecca-Kate Oates, Caroline Cummins

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Rural and remote Australia faces many challenges with respect to healthcare delivery and rural health workforce. To counteract some of these challenges, service learning placements are an ideal mechanism to assist with addressing some of these issues, especially when done in partnership and via collaborative processes with stakeholders within the healthcare sector.

This poster presentation will focus on a collaboration and partnership between two University Departments of Rural Health and a disability support organisation in the development, mentoring and implementation of service learning models. This partnership was established with clear objectives and goals. Initially established to assist with meeting identified gaps in health service provision, the partnership enabled all stakeholders to learn with, and from, one another through the process of coordinating and conducting service learning clinical placements. What was evident through this collaboration and partnership was successful outcomes are possible for all stakeholders and service needs and gaps can be met through service learning placements facilitated through such partnerships. How the partnerships were developed and fostered will also be outlined to assist others who may be interested in starting a similar partnership. The intent of this presentation is to demonstrate what is possible with partnerships in health and the successful outcomes which can be achieved for all stakeholders through service learning placements.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 07 Oct 2021
Event8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium: Connecting research, practice and communities - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 06 Oct 202107 Oct 2021 (Program and abstracts)


Conference8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium
OtherThe 8th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium is offering its full program of more than 60 research presentations, poster sessions and high-quality keynote speakers on a virtual platform on 6-7 October.

The Symposium is brought to you by the National Rural Health Alliance, in conjunction with the Australian Rural Health Education Network, the Federation of Rural Australian Medical Educators, the Lowitja Institute.

The theme of the virtual symposium is ‘Connecting research, practice and communities’– bringing together researchers with policymakers and other stakeholders to shape the future of rural and remote health research.
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