Education and research at Latrobe Community Health Service

In partnership with the Monash University School of Rural Health, we are committed to fostering a culture of research and interprofessional collaboration in our work.

In 2009, Latrobe Community Health Service and the Monash University School of Rural Health established the Placement, Education and Research Unit (PERU).

Since that time, student placements, staff education and research opportunities have become an integral part of Latrobe Community Health Service.

We continue to broaden our relationship with tertiary and vocational education providers, and we welcome enquiries for placements from students of professions beyond health (such as in human resources).

The Placement, Education and Research Unit has four main goals:

  1. Increase and improve student placements within our programs.
  2. Develop a vibrant research program.
  3. Increase interprofessional collaboration.
  4. Facilitate staff training and professional development.

Student placements

Our student placement officer manages requests for placements and assists with accommodation for medical, nursing and allied health students from all universities and registered training organisations. A structured community interprofessional placement program has been developed for graduate medical students from Monash University and Paramedic students from La Trobe University.

Staff education

Every two months we coordinate an interprofessional seminar on a topic of broad interest to the Latrobe Community Health Service community. Managers encourage staff to attend seminars that are related to their service delivery. This enables engagement in active collaboration around important practice issues.

Research

The Latrobe Community Health Service Research Council guides, monitors and supports research and advises on external requests for research collaborations.

Academics from the Monash University School of Rural Health support the research process. Monash University research academics assist staff to develop their research question and to conduct a literature review.

Support to complete an ethics proposal is also available. Staff have access to the resources of the Latrobe Regional Hospital library. The Latrobe Regional Hospital librarian offers training in searching databases and will assist staff to develop their library access skills.

For enquiries about research opportunities, please email the Latrobe Community Health Service Research Council.

You can view current Latrobe Community Health Service research projects here.