Accommodation and financial considerations for rural and remote placements
It's important to consider the student’s accommodation options.
- Work based facility – e.g. hospital accommodation
- Private – the student may be able to make private arrangements, by staying with relatives
- Short term rental – is it possible for the student to rent accommodation for a short period?
- Billeting – Are there any local community or church groups that may be able to help with accommodation?
The student needs to be aware of the costs and conditions associated with their accommodation while on placement.
If the student is not taking their own car on placement, it may be more difficult to get around as there may be limited public transport. Before placement, the student should be informed on:
- The distance between your accommodation and where you will be working
- How far it is to shops and other facilities
- What public transport is available
- If other transport options are available (e.g. bike hire or maybe you could borrow a bike)
A barrier to going on a rural and remote placement may be the financial cost. It is important to think about how you are going to cover the cost of accommodation, living costs and fund travel. One option might be for the student to apply for a scholarship. Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) administers the Allied Health stream of the NAHSSS: Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship and Support Scheme. The scholarship is an Australian Government initiative to support allied health students to undertake a clinical placement in a rural or remote Australian community within an ASGC-RA rating between 2-5. The scholarship includes a stipend of $500 per week for up to six weeks for food and living expenses. The scholarship will also contribute towards one return trip to the clinical placement facility. The supervisor will receive an honorarium of $300 per clinical placement week in recognition of their support of the scholar and the Scheme for up to six weeks.