Stu­dents hands-on in ru­ral medicine

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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

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.

Lewis Yax­ley

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

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

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

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.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

UWA med­i­cal stu­dents Han­nah Mont­gomery, Lewis Yax­ley, James Kirk­land, Sarah Pi­card and Re­becca Civil.

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