|Year 2 medical students gather outside Monash Rural Health in Bairnsdale as they prepare to set off to experience life in the East Gippsland and Wellington Shires.|
Director, Associate Professor David Campbell, said the busy program included placements at Bairnsdale and Sale hospitals, spending time on different wards; in local medical clinics; and with various East Gippsland health practitioners and health service organisations.
At Central Gippsland Health Service in Sale, the students spent time in the Sale Hospital, shadowing a nurse and participating in ward rounds. They also took part in patient consultations at a Sale GP clinic. Outside their medical activities were visits to a dairy farm, during milking, the Maffra car museum, a local water treatment plant, a vegetable picking/packing farm and the Glenmaggie Weir.
The students based in Bairnsdale visited Lindenow Primary School to demonstrate basic life support techniques to grade six students and spent time at an Indigenous farm where they learnt about zoonoses – diseases that can be transmitted to humans from animals.
The two cohorts went on a field trip to a local Indigenous centre to learn more about indigenous health.
Dr Campbell said feedback from the students was how much they enjoyed the two weeks, especially the varied program.
“This is a great opportunity for these students who complete their first and second year of medical studies at Clayton, to experience a taste of rural practice and exposure to rural communities, in anticipation of them taking up the opportunity to spend the remaining years at our various schools across regional Victoria, including Bairnsdale and Sale,” Dr Campbell said.
Monash Rural Health East & South Gippsland has year three, four and five students for either a full year or shorter periods.
“The school is committed to improving rural health and developing a sustainable rural health workforce by delivering excellence in education, research and research training,” Dr Campbell added. “Some will hopefully return as doctors to the rural workforce.”