Podcast: What does a high-quality rural work-integrated learning experience look like?

Elyce Green Senior Lecturer in Rural Health, Amy Dewar from Active Physiotherapy Wagga Wagga (external); Kat Castelletto Lecturer in Rural Health, Three Rivers Department of Rural Health, Charles Sturt.

Academics involved in designing, delivering and evaluating rural work-integrated learning (WIL) seek to create experiences that are of high-quality. This is complex as there is no standardised definition of a high-quality rural WIL experience, and there are several stakeholders whose experience of WIL should be accounted for in this definition. In this podcast, the results of a recent scoping review conducted by a national group of academics working within the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training program will be discussed. The group sought to identify the features of WIL that are required for an experience to be considered high-quality from the perspective of multiple stakeholders. These results will be reflected on by one of the authors and an early career physiotherapist who undertook several rural WIL experiences while an undergraduate, and now hosts students. The discussion will focus on several suggested elements of quality, with the presenters sharing their experiences of how to implement them in practice.