Med stu­dent on an African ad­ven­ture

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

TALIA Trig­ger’s dress code for the next eight weeks will be scrubs and a white coat.

The fi­nal year med­i­cal stu­dent, along with friend Lana Cart­mill, of Kin­garoy, started work yes­ter­day at the 300-bed Mt Meri Hospi­tal.

The friends flew out of Bris­bane last Satur­day via Sin­ga­pore to Ethiopia, where they had to wait in line for three hours and then fly to Arusha.

“The hospi­tal at Arusha, sit­u­ated north of Tan­za­nia, near Mt Kil­i­man­jaro, spe­cialises in mal­nu­tri­tion, burns, HIV/Aids,” Talia said.

Talia has taken on the eight-week clin­i­cal elec­tive as part of her fi­nal year stud­ies and was able to choose from any­where in the med­i­cal field to work.

“I chose Africa as I wanted an ad­ven­ture and to put my med­i­cal skills to the test,” she said.

“This is com­pletely dif­fer­ent and I wouldn’t get the chance to do it ever again.

“I will be do­ing four weeks in ob­stet­rics and my pas­sion of gy­nae­col­ogy, two weeks in each of pae­di­atrics and the emer­gency depart­ment.

“The hospi­tal is un­der­staffed and has min­i­mal re­sources and people are dy­ing of things not even heard of here.”

It won’t be all work though. On her days off Talia will be work­ing in or­phan­ages, as well as sight­see­ing.

“We’re go­ing to un­der­take a three-day sa­fari in the Serengeti as well as a num­ber of other ad­ven­tures,” she said.

One of those ad­ven­tures will in­clude a cof­fee plan­ta­tion.

“Where we are be­ing housed with other stu­dents from all over the world we have a se­cu­rity guard, caterer and cleaner,” she said.

Talia said on her re­turn she will be at Mackay un­til Novem­ber be­fore grad­u­at­ing in De­cem­ber.

“Hope­fully I will do my in­tern­ship in Rock­hamp­ton,” she said.

“As I am on the Ru­ral Train­ing Path­way, ideally I will be­come a ru­ral doc­tor some­where in the North Bur­nett area.

“I’ve spent enough time away from home.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

LONG WAY FROM HOME: Talia Trig­ger is in Tan­za­nia as part of her fi­nal-year med­i­cal stud­ies.

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