A new campaign launched by the University of Melbourne and funded by the Federal Government will show the lasting rewards of studying to become a member of the health workforce.  

Students contemplating a career in medicine and other health professions are often overwhelmed by choices and courses. For rural and regional students, these dilemmas are magnified as students then consider moving far from home and often to big cities.

 But the University’s new campaign “Health at Melbourne” highlights the benefits of such choices and starting new studies in a dynamic environment.

Health at Melbourne showcases five students from around Australia who have chosen to study at Melbourne.  Each student brings a fresh perspective and new insights into living, studying and working in Melbourne.

 Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Health) said the new campaign reflects the experiences of the students and the benefits of taking their qualifications back to their communities.

 “We are educating a health workforce to meet the health challenges of the 21st century especially strengthening rural and regional Australia. We need to make sure our rural communities have access to doctors, nurses, optometrists, dentists and allied health professionals in the future,” he said.

 “We want students from rural and regional areas to join us in Melbourne where we can offer a wide range of courses across many disciplines. And in time, many of the students will help their local communities and nurture the next generation for a healthy workforce,” Professor Kapur said.

 Professor Kapur invites students to discover “What they’re made of.” 

 He wants students to reach their potential and develop their skills in an inclusive and supportive environment. 

The campaign reflects an approach all medical and allied health professionals experience; the excitement of learning new skills, the research opportunities available and the practical skills learned along the way.

“In the campaign, the students have been painted in a number of ways to show anatomical structure. This in itself is a very visual and real journey of discovery,” he said.

 “The technique of surface anatomy or drawing on the body is not only eye-catching, it is a tool used to teach about the functions of the body and the experience leaves students with deep and lasting impressions,” Professor Kapur said.

Students featured in the campaign include:

  • Clare from Ballina in NSW currently studying for a graduate course in Nursing
  • Bella from Cairns currently studying Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Zunayed from Port Hedland in WA studying Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Andrew from Shepparton is studying the Doctor of Medicine
  • Sam from Swan Hill studying is studying Master of Nursing Science.