Health professional service-learning innovations in rural contexts


  • Charmaine Lynn Swanson The University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Claire Quilliam The University of Melbourne, Australia



service learning, rural health, allied health


Service learning is not a new concept in Australia, although it could be better harnessed in rural Australian health student placements for the betterment of rural communities, students and rural health workforce development. The service-learning literature offers several concepts worth considering further in the Australian context. This paper addresses three common barriers to health professional service-learning uptake in rural Australian communities by drawing on service-learning concepts from the international literature. It offers rural Australian health organisations innovative strategies to consider when hosting health professional students on service-learning placement.


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How to Cite

Swanson, C. L., & Quilliam, C. (2023). Health professional service-learning innovations in rural contexts. Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-Professional Journal, 24(4), 75–79.



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