Scholarship awarded for ground-breaking Graduate Nursing Program

La Trobe Rural Health School Deputy Dean Dr Melanie Bish will be creating a university-led graduate transition program for rural nurses as part of an exclusive Rural Leadership Program.

Dr Melanie Bish has secured a $50k scholarship from Telstra as part of her selection in the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Melanie is one of 28 diverse rural leaders who will participate in the prestigious leadership program.

‘This is such a fantastic opportunity, not just for me, but for the impact my leadership project will have on graduate nurses,’ Dr. Bish said. ‘At the La Trobe Rural Health School we are focussed on building a sustainable rural health workforce, and this project will contribute to that in really tangible ways.’

Dr. Bish will focus on 4 key intentions as part of the program:

  1. Strengthen rural and regional aged care workforce capacity, capability, and performance to enable staff to succeed in their roles at optimum levels.
  2. Provide co-curricular opportunities that facilitate connection to the rural healthcare sector and community while developing leadership and innovation skills.
  3. Increase the use of online and mixed modes of delivery to allow students to study in their preferred way for greater engagement and encourage lifelong learning.
  4. Offer a program defined by decolonised curriculum that supports embedding of Indigenous knowledge and perspectives.

Melanie joins a range of successful participants in the leadership program. ‘I am looking forward to working with this diverse range of passionate rural leaders, and the perspectives they will bring,’ she said.

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Media contact: Julia Henery