Student support

We pride ourselves on the friendly, supportive learning environment here at La Trobe Rural Health School.

We welcome and support students from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous students, and value the contributions that all students can make.

Because we don’t have large class sizes, you’ll always be known by your name, and never feel like a number.  You’ll always have great access to staff and our world-class teaching facilities.

Across all our regional campuses our students report a strong sense of belonging within their peer-group. Many lifelong friendships and professional relationships have begun at LRHS.

Staff are always ready to answer questions and offer academic support when needed. If other issues arise, we have strong links with the University’s student support services and Indigenous Student Services Units on each of the regional campuses.

Christian Nsombo

Christian Nsombo

Current student, Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy

“I sense that I really belong here.”


It’s a great experience studying Occupational Therapy at La Trobe Rural Health School. I sense that I really belong here.

The students and lecturers are so helpful. English is not my first language, so speaking in front of others is not really my forte. But when we do group work, like oral presentations, the other students are always there to support me. The teachers are encouraging too, they always have the attitude of “Chris you can do this!” and it motivates me to work even harder to achieve academic success while at the same time overcoming my fears.

Even outside School, the support is tremendous. For example, La Trobe has an Equity and Diversity program that I registered with. When I was at home in Shepparton over the summer holidays, they sent me an email suggesting that I apply for a residential scholarship. I didn’t know about it prior to receiving the email, but I applied and I got the scholarship! Now I live in one of the Bendigo Campus residences, and the scholarship covers the costs. I am very grateful for that, it makes life much easier for me.

Back home, in Congo, we believe in Ubuntu. Which is an African philosophy originated in South Africa that simply means “I am who I am because of who you are to me”. It’s a spirit that encourages togetherness and caring for one another. Studying OT at Latrobe Rural Health School makes me feel like I’m being part of an environment that tirelessly strives to foster excellence as well as the values of Ubuntu.