Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Rural taster in Gippsland

Monash medical students in their second year of study have had the opportunity to learn more about local health challenges during their recent two-week placement in Gippsland.

While the placement, facilitated through Monash Rural Health’s local sites, provides students with valuable clinical experiences in rural and regional settings, it also includes a number of visits to areas of local significance.

Year 2 students visited the Hazelwood Power Station during their recent Gippsland placement

During their recent placement the cohort from Monash Clayton toured the Hazelwood Power Station and the Morwell open cut mine and learned about a host of occupational health and safety issues, first aid processes, first response measures and the 2014 mine fire.

Students were also briefed by Monash Rural Health Senior Research Fellow, Dr Matthew Carroll on the progress of the Hazelwood Health Study, the long-term study being led by independent researchers from Monash University to identify potential health outcomes for people who may have been impacted by smoke from the mine fire.

Among a range of other activities, students also visited Ellinbank farm, the National Centre for Dairy Research and Development in West Gippsland, to learn more about OH&S issues facing rural industries and the community and industry impacts of emergencies as well as social and financial issues facing farmers.

Monash Rural Health Gippsland Director Associate Professor Joseph Tam said the two week placements provided a valuable introduction to rural and regional areas for medical students.

“For some of these students this is their first real exposure to rural and regional areas so we use the time to ensure the students enjoy rural hospitality and a diversity of experience,” he said.

“Monash Rural Health is committed to improving rural health and developing a sustainable rural health workforce,” said Dr Tam. “Providing students with positive rural clinical experiences during the course of their degree is a proven strategy to increase the likelihood of rural practice.”

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