Pulse of ru­ral life is taken

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A new crop of Univer­sity of WA med­i­cal stu­dents has ar­rived in Kar­ratha ready to hone their skills in a coun­try set­ting and make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity.

Penul­ti­mate stu­dents Madison Pierre, Shan­nen Oversby, Re­becca Perry, Hay­ley Cameron and Ben Pal­ladino ar­rived last week for a whirl­wind ori­en­ta­tion pe­riod learn­ing about the area where they will spend the next year, work­ing at Nickol Bay Hospi­tal, Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice, Onslow Com­mu­nity Health Ser­vice and sev­eral pri­vate prac­tices.

De­vel­op­ing hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence, cul­tural aware­ness and a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion for chal­lenges fac­ing coun­try pa­tients all ranked highly among their rea­sons for choos­ing a re­gional place­ment.

“Peo­ple need to get trans­ferred out a lot, they don’t have all the staff or all the equip­ment to do ev­ery­thing, and that, I think, is a re­ally unique ex­pe­ri­ence to have as a stu­dent or as a com­mu­nity doc­tor — to be able to learn how to cope with those sce­nar­ios,” Ms Pierre, 21, said.

Mr Pal­ladino, 22, said he liked Kar­ratha’s strong com­mu­nity at­mos­phere, while all the stu­dents praised the land­scape, beaches and CBD de­vel­op­ments and said they were keen to get out and ex­plore the re­gion.

Kar­ratha Ru­ral Clin­i­cal School lead med­i­cal co­or­di­na­tor Ar­chana Desh­mukh said the pro­gram gave stu­dents a “com­pletely dif­fer­ent and en­rich­ing” ex­pe­ri­ence com­pared to their time in the city.

“They are also ex­posed to a wide spec­trum of health is­sues re­lated to the Abo­rig­i­nal pop­u­la­tion and cul­tural as­pects as­so­ci­ated with them,” she said.

The RCS stu­dents start their ro­ta­tions this week.

Kar­ratha Ru­ral Clin­i­cal School stu­dents Hay­ley Cameron, Re­becca Perry, Ben Pal­ladino, Shan­nen Oversby and Madison Pierre. Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

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