Fu­ture doc­tors drop in

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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’’

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Auck­land Uni­ver­sity Grass­roots Club med­i­cal stu­dents visit the South Waikato.

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