Students hands-on in rural medicine
Five medical students from the University of Western Australia have arrived in Karratha ahead of a yearlong rural placement during their second-last year of study.
The Rural Clinical School of WA is a Government-run program which gives medical students the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and have a more handson experience than they would have in a busy metropolitan hospital.
Rural Clinical School WA lead medical co-ordinator Archana Deshmukh said the program provided students with a unique op- portunity to learn about rural medicine, and hoped it would act as an incentive for them to return to the Pilbara.
The students will complete placements at Nickol Bay Hospital, Marwarnkarra Health Centre, and various private practices around Karratha and its surrounding areas.
The students, who have already been up here for two weeks, told the Pilbara Newswhat they expected from their yearlong rural stint.
James Kirkland is from Kalgoorlie, so knows what it’s like to live in a mining town.
Mr Kirkland said he was keen to see, experience and explore the Pilbara and was looking forward to gaining valuable knowledge.
“(Hopefully) I’ll have more of a feel for hands-on practical skills than what you’d get typically in the city,” he said.
Having not spent much time in the country, Lewis Yaxley was drawn to the unfamiliar.
“I was kind of attracted to the ancient landscapes and opportunities for Aboriginal health,” he said.
“I thought it would be a really great adventure.”
Hannah Montgomery said she was excited to work in the country to get an idea of rural and remote medicine.
Ms Montgomery said she was eager to see what the Pilbara had to offer.
“(I’m) really excited to come up north to the Pilbara to explore the red dirt and the area and beaches, looking forward to some fishing and boating,” she said.
Sarah Picard, originally from the Gold Coast, has noticed a friendly nature in the locals since moving up two weeks ago.
“I’ve really enjoyed it since I’ve been here; everyone’s really lovely and friendly and they don’t look at you like you’re a weirdo if you smile at them when you’re walking down the street,” she said.
Rebecca Civil said she had already been able to do some exciting things since starting her placement.
“I’ve already got to stitch some lesions on a guy’s head and do a bunch of other practical things and scrubbed into surgeries, which is really fun, and it’s only been a week, so I’m excited for the year,” she said.
UWA medical students Hannah Montgomery, Lewis Yaxley, James Kirkland, Sarah Picard and Rebecca Civil.