Ella steps up as President of the La Trobe Rural Health Club

With no desire to head to the city to study, Ella Sprunt always thought that her dream career in medicine was out of reach.  She’s now in her final year of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medicine) and hopes to leave behind a legacy through her new role as President of the La Trobe Rural Health Club (LARHC).

‘It is a privilege and huge responsibility to represent the club as their President.  It’s quite an exciting year to be involved, as we join the La Trobe Student Association (LTSA) and bring all of La Trobe’s four regional campuses together under LARHC.’ Ella says.

The La Trobe Rural Health Club is a student group for members from varying health disciplines.  Membership allows students the opportunity to participate in a range of social and educational events, with the goal of nurturing relationships for the future.

‘Students have the opportunity to meet rural-based graduates and other students from a number of health disciplines, meaning inter-disciplinary networking and creating life-longs friends has never been easier. In the past we’ve offered students discounted CPR and first aid courses, provided scholarship opportunities and ran lots of fun social events!

‘LARHC is one of 29 rural health student clubs across the country and also works closely with the National Rural Student Network (NRHSN) to offer grants to students, support them through placements or finding work. I think that the work we do is fantastic!’ Ella says.

Professor Jane Mills, Head of the La Trobe Rural Health School congratulated Ella and says LARHC plays an important role in the student experience of rural health students.

‘Ella will make a fantastic President, as the group evolves to bring together health students from all four of our regional campuses.  Membership to these types of clubs whilst studying provides students with greater awareness of the types of issues they’ll face once they join the workforce.  I look forward to working with Ella during her last year at La Trobe.’

Growing up on a dairy farm in Kaarimba, a small rural town 30 kilometres north of Shepparton, Ella says she always wanted to be a doctor growing up and has aspirations to work in a rural community.  She is currently working as a Health Care Worker in an aged care facility whilst studying.

‘Medicine was always a dream that seemed too far out of reach for a country kid like me.  This course meant that the opportunity to study medicine became accessible to me. I am able to study in rural Victoria at the closest university to my home.

‘It’s so hard to believe I’m studying my final year at La Trobe.  It feels like just yesterday I was at High School!

‘I’ve loved so much about the course. Whilst it’s been particularly challenging at times, I have a great group of like-minded classmates, all from country towns just like me, who help each other out. They all can’t wait to enter the rural health workforce at the end of our studies too.’