• Fostering team-based health care

    Members of different health disciplines working together for the patient, as their common goal.

  • Always learning, always improving

    Rural communities offer health students a fantastic hands-on clinical learning experience in a supportive, innovative and patient-centred environment.


The number of patients, the variety and volume of procedures, and the degree of involvement with patients will expand student’s skills and interests.


Students are treated and supported like true colleagues and won’t need to compete for diagnostic and treatment opportunities; there are plenty to go around.

Hauora Māori

Māori teaching support is provided as part of the programme, and all students will draw invaluable experience and lifelong benefits from their participation.



What is it all about?

Based in Whakatāne and Gisborne, this exciting programme for senior health professional students is underway. This collaborative project involves several training partners throughout New Zealand, bringing undergraduate students from different health disciplines together to learn and gain clinical experience in rural New Zealand.

New Zealand nursing, medical, physiotherapy, pharmacy, dental, dietetic and occupational therapy students have an opportunity to participate in a ‘purpose-built’ interprofessional programme of clinically based learning, as one component of their final year courses.

Students apply their learning, enthusiasm, curiosity and willingness to think innovatively to health assessments of patients and families in their own communities, under the guidance of local and academic health care professionals.