Deni medical insight for Tess
Sydney University medical student Tess Porges is absolutely loving her first visit to Deniliquin.
On arrival on Monday for a two-week Bush Bursary, Tess was given the local tour before an afternoon at Deniliquin Hospital.
She’s also spent time at the Deniliquin Medical Centre and with Dr Robert Campbell at his surgery, and today is learning about animal health with Southern Riverina Vets.
Next week, Tess will spend her time with other Deniliquin doctors including Ian Dumbrell and Marion Magee, and is also expected to gain an insight into pharmacy.
‘‘I’ve been as far (down south) as Wagga before this, but it’s my first time in Deni,’’ she said.
‘‘I chose to be a part of the Bush Bursary program as I grew up in the country just west of Orange and have always wanted to return to a rural area.
‘‘The best part of this experience is that I’ve been able to learn in a practical way rather than just reading a text book.
‘‘I’ve already learnt a lot from the doctors and nurses. It’s been great to spend time with them.
‘‘You learn things in this environment that you wouldn’t learn in a classroom.’’
Tess is in the first year of her four year course, which includes two years of study and two years of clinical experience.
While not having had a lot of time to take in Deni and its surrounds, Tess said she was keen to see what the town had to offer.
‘‘I drove here from Gundagai on Monday so I haven’t had much down time,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve got two weeks to get to know the community, but from what I’ve seen already Deni is a great place to be.’’
The Bush Bursary program, which provides a $3000 bursary, is coordinated by the NSW Rural Doctors Network in an attempt to attract professionals to rural areas.
Edward River Council sponsors the program and hosts medical students each year.
Tess Porges shadowed Dr Ben Sodunke at the Deniliquin Medical Centre on Tuesday to learn more about rural medical practice.