Deni med­i­cal in­sight for Tess

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JAMIE LOWE

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.

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