Doc­tors get a taste of ru­ral prac­tice

Tasmanian Country - - OPINION -

FIVE new med­i­cal grad­u­ates are about to start a 13-week in­tern­ship pro­gram across ru­ral Tas­ma­nia to help them build a ca­reer in gen­eral prac­tice.

The in­terns will be placed at Flin­ders Is­land, King Is­land, St He­lens, Queen­stown and in the Huon Val­ley.

The in­tern­ship pro­gram started in Jan­uary and is run by Ochre Health. The pro­gram will be plac­ing ju­nior doc­tors through­out Tas­ma­nia over a three-year pe­riod.

Ochre Heath co-founder Hamish Mel­drum said he was con­fi­dent the place­ments would ben­e­fit both the com­mu­nity and the young doc­tors.

“Our small com­mu­ni­ties al­ways wel­come new faces to the area, and our new in­terns have been ex­tremely well re­ceived,” he said.

Dan Lack, who is com­plet­ing his in­tern­ship on Flin­ders Is­land, said the pro­gram had given him the ex­po­sure and di­ver­sity he wanted.

“The real ben­e­fit for me has been working in an en­vi­ron­ment that doesn’t have one fo­cus,” he said.

He said in a small com­mu­nity doc­tors faced some­thing new ev­ery day from gen­eral prac­tice du­ties to emer­gency pre­sen­ta­tions or con­duct­ing home vis­its.

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