Forty students from rural and regional New South Wales are heading to the University of Newcastle this week to give health careers the once over.
The students will visit Newcastle on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 July as part of NSW Rural High Schools Health Career Week.
Travelling from as far afield as Tamworth, Broken Hill, Lismore, Orange and Dubbo, the Year 11 and 12 students have shown interest in pursuing a career in the medical and health science fields.
The week exposes students to city and university life, and while in Newcastle the students will take a tour of the John Hunter Hospital and visit the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base.
They will also learn more about the University's medical and health science degrees including the Joint Medical Program (JMP), delivered through a partnership of the University of Newcastle, the University of New England, Hunter New England Health and Northern Sydney Central Coast Health.
The JMP is recognised nationally and internationally as a leading program that prepares students to practice in urban, regional, rural and remote Australia.
Students participating in Rural High Schools Health Career Week have access to the Rural/Remote Admissions Scheme (RRAS) for entry into the JMP. The RRAS aims to increase the number of students from remote and regional communities studying medicine.
All JMP applicants also have access to the Medical Rural Bonded Scholarship Scheme and the Bonded Medical Places Scheme - Australian Government initiatives that encourage prospective students to commit to working in rural and remote areas after they complete their degree.
The Rural High Schools Health Career Week is a joint initiative of the University of Newcastle, the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.