The National Rural Health Students' Network (NRHSN) represents 29 Rural Health Clubs (RHC) with over 9000 members located at universities throughout Australia. The NRHSN is a multidisciplinary Network.

Allied Health Portfolio

Introducing the Allied Health Portfolio for 2014

The Allied Health Portfolio is comprised of four students who are studying Allied Health degrees and involved in their Rural Health Clubs. For 2014, the Allied Health Liaison officers are:

  Annie Nichols - Co-Senior Allied Health Liaison Officer

Annie is a third year physiotherapy student at the University of Newcastle, NSW. She grew up in a small rural community in NSW’s Hunter valley, witnessing firsthand the difficulties in obtaining the same services in health that metropolitan citizens often take for granted. Her passion was from then on born for rural and remote health and her desire to improve the facilities and services available to those living outside metropolitan areas. She was recently elected President of the University of Newcastle rural health club BREAATHHE. Utilising both positions, she will strive to continually advocate the need for allied health professionals in rural and remote areas by promoting rural health initiatives for students as well as encouraging students to look at the fantastic opportunities available in this field of health. She looks forward to working with stakeholders so there can be a greater push for allied health professionals in rural and remote areas.

  Annemieke Enter - Co - Senior Allied Health Liaison Officer 

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Annemieke is a fourth year speech pathology student at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW. She comes from a dairy farm in South Gippsland, Victoria, and enjoys returning to the beautiful scenery there in her holidays. This year Annemieke is completing her final year placements in rural Victoria and in Nepal. She has gained a tremendous amount from her involvement in MARHS over the years and hopes to encourage many more allied health students to be active in their rural health clubs this year.
  Charlotte Lymbery - Co Junior Allied Health Liaison Officer 
Charlotte is a third year Physiotherapy student at Charles Sturt University, Albury. She grew up in Wagga Wagga, NSW. Charlotte became highly passionate after completing her first significant placement in her hometown and attended her first rural health conference in 2013. From then, Charlotte has been advocating for rural health and has been driven to make other students see the opportunities that lie among a career in the country.


  Ankur Verma - Co - Junior Allied Health Liaison Officer 
pf rep Ankur Verma is a second year Physiotherapy student at James Cook University. He has a great interest in rural and remote health that is continually developing through his progressing involvement in RHINO (RHC) as a Senior Allied Health Representative, attending national rural health and leadership conferences and both voluntary and mandatory participation in rural and remote placements. He grew up in the Adelaide hills where he finished his secondary education. Post high school graduation, Ankur undertook 1 year of Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Adelaide, after which he began Physiotherapy at James Cook University. His future plan is to work as a rural generalist physiotherapist, with a future prospect as an emergency physiotherapist. 2013 has been a great year for Ankur, attending most of the rural health and leadership conferences like National Allied Health conference in Brisbane, Health Workforce Australia conference in Adelaide and Next Gen conference in Canberra. "These conferences of National Significance have provided sufficient knowledge about strengthening and promoting stakeholder ties, spreading the word amongst other students of career pathways in rural and remote areas and discussing the key health and workforce issues facing the people of Australia in rural and remote areas." Through his involvement in the NRHSN, Ankur aims to represent the Allied Health Portfolio effectively and support other representatives of Allied Health across other universities to do the same, by discussing and implementing strategies which would operate at a National level.  

Role of the Allied Health Portfolio

The Allied Health Portfolio advocates for Allied Health students interested in rural health. We hold regular teleconferences and engage in frequent correspondence, working to assist Allied Health students by:

  • development and maintenance of the Allied Health Scholarship Database
  • our prosperous relationship with SARRAH – Services for Australian Rural & Remote Allied Health
  • Further relationships with allied health stakeholders and professional bodies

We are currently working on a number of projects:

  • conducting a survey of allied health scholarships, in conjunction with SARRAH
  • creating a guide for Rural Health Clubs to increase allied health students participation through rural health placement incentives and scholarships
  • creating a guide for students and supervisors on rural placements based on the SARRAH Conference workshop

Regular updates of our progress are published in the Weekly NRHSN Update and channeled through NRHSN reps within each Rural Health Club.


Allied Health Portfolio Stakeholders

We have ongoing and developing relationships with the following organisations. Please support them by checking out their websites!

  • Australian Dental Students’ Association (ADSA) – website:

  • Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH): website -
  • Rural Dentists Network of the Australian Dental Association (RDN of the ADA)

If your organisation (professional or student based) would like to work with the NRHSN’s Allied Health Portfolio to improve issues facing our rural and remote workforce and the future of it, please contact


Allied Health Scholarship Database

Last year the Allied Health Portfolio gathered data on allied health scholarships to collate a central webpage on the NRHSN website to assist allied health students source financial assistance for rural clinical placements. The list includes national, state and university based scholarships in a user friendly format. We want to keep this list up to date - If you know of any scholarships available for allied health students in you state, Rural Health Club or university course, please let us know.


Do you have an Allied Health Rep at your Club?

Could all RHC's please email the Allied Health Portfolio with the name, course of study and contact email of their nominated Allied Health Club Rep. Please note Club Reps MUST be studying an Allied Health course; we appreciate the enthusiasm of other disciplines wanting to get involved but need to ensure as much Allied Health representation as possible.



The Allied Health Portfolio will shortly have a survey going around to students asking them about their experience with accomodation whilst on placement. Watch this space.


New Relationship with NAPSA

The National Australian Pharmacy Students’ Association (NAPSA) represents pharmacy students studying at 16 branches across Australia. Pharmacy students with an interest in rural and remote health can benefit from NAPSA membership in lots of ways:

  • Information about the most current funding opportunities available, including both students from a rural or remote origin or students keen to head rural for their placement or internship
  • Access to stories from real students’ experiences of rural placements and internships
  • Education opportunities – a chance to hear from and meet real pharmacists who are working in a rural and remote setting

To find out more, check out and make sure you check out the Rural and Indigenous Affairs Committee page for the most up to date info. Also have a look at the Pharmacy Guild’s rural pharmacy website Any questions can be directed to NAPSA’s Rural and Indigenous Affairs Committee Chair,


Become a SARRAH Member Today!

Services for Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) are the professional body for rural and remote allied health practitioners. They are offering a reduced price on membership. Student membership is now just $30 for the year! 

What are the benefits of being a SARRAH Member?

Student Member - A student enrolled in an allied health profession course.


  1. Full voting rights.
  2. Eligible for election to the Board & SARRAH Advisory Committee as the Student Network Coordinator.
  3. Subscription to SARRAH publications.
  4. Access to the ‘Members only’ section of the SARRAH website.
  5. Partnership with the State Network Coordinator who networks with SARRAH members in his/her State or Territory.

Become a member - get connected with other rural and remote interested allied health students!

Go to to register.



To contact the Allied Health Portfolio send an email to

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