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Whole of community facilitators: An exemplar for supporting rural health workforce recruitment through students’ professional experience placements

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Coe, S, Marlow, A ORCID: 0000-0002-8606-7497 and Mather, C ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028 2021 , 'Whole of community facilitators: An exemplar for supporting rural health workforce recruitment through students’ professional experience placements' , International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 18, no. 14 , pp. 1-11 , doi: 10.3390/ijerph18147675.

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Abstract

The Whole of Community Facilitator model provides support for healthcare students’professional experience placements (PEP) in rural regions in Tasmania. In Tasmania, rural PEP ischallenged as healthcare facilities are often small and have limited capacity for staff to devote considerable time to supervising students during PEP. Recruitment and retention of the rural healthworkforce in Tasmania is sometimes difficult because the island State is geographically distant frommainland Australia, and predominantly classified as a regional, rural, or remote area. The University of Tasmania, College of Health and Medicine (the College) explored various initiatives to support rural workforce sustainability, and the project discussed addresses this issue by promotingrural healthcare facilities as potential employment destinations for students upon completion oftheir course. The model supports the delivery of high-quality supervision to students whilst undertaking rural PEP, to foster positive experiences and potentially influence their future career choices.A successful exemplar was trialled in 2012 and implemented statewide in 2017 using a Whole ofCommunity Facilitation (WOCF) model. The initiative supports host facilities, supervisors, hoststaff, and students and promotes positive placement experiences. The initiative was designed inconsideration of Tasmania’s rurality, and uses a flexible and responsive framework.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Coe, S and Marlow, A and Mather, C
Keywords: rural, health, workforce, nursing, education, placement, supervision, clinical, community, facilitation
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Publisher: MDPI AG
ISSN: 1661-7827
DOI / ID Number: 10.3390/ijerph18147675
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Copyright: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

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