Preventative healthcare, empowered and educated communities, the healthcare system that we want to work in

Ankur Verma

1National Rural Health Student Network, Suite 2 Level 5/10 Queens Road Melbourne VIC 3004 Australia, executivecommittee@nrhsn.org.au

Theme

Thriving Communities

 Background

The National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) represents the future of rural health in Australia. It has more than 9,000 members who belong to 28 university Rural Health Clubs from all states and territories. It is Australia’s only multi-disciplinary student health network.

In 2016, the NRHSN celebrates its 21st Birthday. The NRHSN will take the opportunity to look forward to the next 21 years and think about the future rural healthcare system and how it can empower communities.

Aim

To explore how today’s students believe rural healthcare models will evolve and generate ideas and recommendations for healthcare innovations to improve health outcomes and empower communities.

Method

The NRHSN Council will be surveyed via an anonymous, online questionnaire about innovative models of rural healthcare.

The responses will be synthesized and grouped into common areas. The NRHSN Council will force rank the ideas with different criteria – potential positive impact, easiest to implement and most innovative.

Results

Results will be presented as a brief overview of the range of ideas generated and then focus on those determined by the NRHSN Council as likely to make the most impact of the future of rural general practice and healthcare.

Conclusion

Not available at the time of abstract submission.

Biography

Ankur Verma is a Physician Associate student at James Cook University in Townsville. Ankur also sits on the Executive committee of National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN) and also acts as the Student Network Coordinator for SARRAH. Ankur expresses strong interest in innovation in health workforce and believes in providing health care for people through a multi-disciplinary approach. Ankur was a 2016 Endeavour Executive Fellowship recipient where he had the opportunity to travel to India and explore their health system by working with Ministry for Health, Govt. of India and also did his rotations in Internal Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery.