Future doctors drop in
Future health professionals were given a taste of what life would be like if they lived in the South Waikato recently.
A group of 20 Auckland University Grassroots Club medical students spent a weekend visiting the area.
The students visited most of the medical facilities in the district and local
health professionals also talked with the students about the services they provided and about living and working in the rural area.
Nigel and Helen Naylor, owners of Beez Neez Backpackers, donated the accommodation for the students. The Naylors are both nurses with experience in urban and rural work.
Many students said the experience had changed their views of living and working rurally.
‘‘[It offers a] good mix of experiences from the logistics of clinical work/ structure of primary care, to models of care and bicultural care. Also great experience of rural lifestyle….really impressed with what is already happening,’’ one students said.
‘‘Personally I think all medical/nursing and pharmacy students should participate in an experience like this because there are a lot of myths and preconceived notions about rural healthcare and this weekend has broken just about all of them’’
Auckland University Grassroots Club medical students visit the South Waikato.