Rural Family Medical Network RMFN NSW rural doctors network

Become a HUGS Host

Why become a HUGS Host Family?
It is very important for undergraduate medical students to have early positive exposure to rural general practice in order for them to consider becoming a rural GP later. The HUGS program provides rural GPs and their families with the opportunity to help encourage medical students to consider rural general practice and show them all the positive aspects of rural medical life.

What is involved in being a HUGS Host Family?
A 1st or 2nd year medical student from a NSW university will come to stay for a period of a week to ten days. The idea is that they would experience 'a week in the life of a rural GP' by sitting in on consultations in the GP's practice, doing hospital rounds with the host GP and visiting other allied health professionals to understand how they work with the rural GP. The lifestyle of the host family is an important aspect and we encourage you to include the student in your usual weekly routine as well as showing them the highlights of your district.

RMFN will provide some financial assistance to the host family to help cover the costs incurred in having a student stay in your home. All in all, we hope that it will be an experience that will be enjoyed by both student and GP family.

How do I become a HUGS Host Family?
Contact RMFN Coordinator Liz Wragge by email or phone 02 6545 2461 to register your interest or find out more.

We are always short on host families as the HUGS program is very popular with the students so we would appreciate your involvement. Your town may even reap the rewards several years down the track with one of your students coming back to join the local practice!