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  • Locations: Suva, Fiji
  • Program Terms: Winter
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences Study level: Vocational Education
Program type: Study Tours (Global Intensives)
About your Experience
Program Details:
  • Program Leader: Ronnie Bateman, Lecturer, Physiotherapist & Podiatrist
  • Dates: 18 June - 2 July 2017
  • Places Available: 10 x places
Students will have the opportunity to spend a fortnight in Fiji working with the local community and schools (year 9 and below), and participate in diabetes education and footcare primarily.  You will also have the opportunity to showcase other aspects of your learning, including physiotherapy and OT exercise programs, and possibly speech and nutrition skills/knowledge as well.

This fortnight will be intense.  We are there to serve the community of Suva (Fiji) and make a real difference with the diabetes epidemic there.  In preparation, you will have to participate in 2-3 diabetes education forums and conduct a small research assignment/project on Diabetes Mellitus (type 2).

What students will gain from this experience:
Practical Opportunity
The Fiji trip will provide you with an opportunity to showcase what you have learnt at RMIT, and implement your skills and knowledge in real life practical situations.

This tour may utilise the most basic of equipment.  Shifts may last for up to 12 hours.  This is not a typical holiday.  Be prepared for intense days in challenging conditions.  You will develop an appreciation of what we have and your resilience will be better for the experience.

Egalitarian values
This trip is an opportunity to apply your skills and also give back to the community of Suva (Fiji). 

Cultural awareness
This trip will also broaden your awareness of culture and better enable you to contribute to multi-cultural healthcare in Australia.

Communication within a multi-disciplinary environment
As you will be working within a team environment, with members of other your own discipline, physiotherapist, podiatrist, teachers, students and their families.  This will give you an opportunity to communicate and function in a multi-cultural multi-disciplinary environment.  You will be able to discuss shared clients in a mock team meeting, and appreciate the specific skills and overlap of other health disciplines.

Program Costs (Approximately):
  • 10 x $2000 Endeavour grants are available and will go toward airfares and accommodation.  
  • We anticipate that flights and twin-share accommodation (inc. breakfast) will cost less than $1600, leaving $400 for lunch, dinner and transfer expenses.  
  • We hope that your out-of-pocket expenses are nil, but at this stage you should prepare for a worst-case-scenario of $200-300, which represents a touch more than 10% of the entire costs. 
  • Approximate Total Cost - $2,300

Additional Costs to consider:

  • RMIT Tuition Fees
  • Host Country Visa if required
  • Personal expenses
  • Immunisations
Cancellation Fee: $150 if cancelling after May 1 2017

Students must ensure that they can financially support themselves during the Global Intensive before they consider applying.
  • This Global Intensive is open to students in AH17 Cohort.
Academic Credit:
  • This fortnight will count to your placement hours, and you should be able to get much of your evidence log signed off, pending your competence, safety and effort.
  • As advised by your Global Intensive Leader and Program Coordinator, students in the Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance Program are required to complete supervised clinical hours during the program. 
  • Each student attending the tour will be have the opportunity to be able to complete 80-100 hours of supervised WIL. 
Application process:
  • Students will be required to apply via Mobi by completing the following Questionnaires in full:
    • General questionnaire
    • Short-term programs questionnaire 
  • Students are required to include a letter of application about why you would wish to go to Fiji as a part of this tour.  With this presentation, you need to present a 300 word report on Diabetes in the Pacific Islands.
  • Selection process will incorporate all sessionals and teachers involved in the Allied Health Assistance Program.  We will consider all aspects including:
    - course/class contribution
    - course progress to date
    - communication skills
    - ability to work in a team environment
    - +/- attendance
Pre-departure session:
Successful applicants will be required to attend two compulsory intensive diabetes/ Footcare pre-departure sessions, which will be apart of your podiatry unit in any case.  
Further details will be provided to successful applicants.  

Withdrawing from this Global Intensive
For successful applicants, please note the last day to withdraw from this Global Intensive without financial penalty is 1 May 2017. Withdrawing after the 1 May 2017 will incur a financial penalty of $150. 

10 x $2000 Endeavour grants are available for this program. To be eligible for these grants, students must be Australian Citizens and Vocational Education students.

Please check the Scholarships website and Global Mobility website for funding options.

More information:
School of Vocational Engineering,Health & Sciences
Ronnie Bateman
Physiotherapist (Masters) & Podiatrist
Lecturer - Health Sciences & Allied Health (RMIT)


Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.