Thursday, 30 June 2016

Medical training travels to Ouyen

Some of Ouyen P-12 College's students were given medical “treatment” recently, but it was all part of a clinical skills day at the school, presented by Mildura Rural Health Mildura. Monash Rural Health delivered an outreach program to students across the college, thanks to a grant of $2000 from Mildura Rural City Council’s community grants scheme.

The clinical school delivers Mini Medical Academy days to Mildura secondary schools as part of its Future Doctors program however felt rather than expecting Ouyen students to travel the hour to Mildura, it would take the program to them.“The Ouyen students don’t have the opportunity to participate so we saw no reason for them to be disadvantaged because of location,” Monash Rural Health Mildura Manager, Kendall Livingstone, said. “Council supported our submission for funding and we are very grateful.”

Tour: Ouyen students got a close look at a stretcher transport.

Six medical students and three staff took a stretcher transporter with them and gave the college students a tour of the vehicle. They also ran some clinical skills stations where they demonstrated suturing and plastering as well as providing an information session on careers in medicine for Year 11 and 12 students.

Clinical simulation: students took part in hands-on training sessions.

The Mildura site was established in 2003 and Ms Livingstone said it had earned “an excellent reputation” for providing hands-on clinical experiences to medical students, as well as good student outcomes in terms of assessment.“Monash Rural Health's footprint extends across Victoria with its main focus being to provide the rural base for undergraduate medical education programs and research at Monash University,” she said. “It is important that we tell our local children that there are many opportunities in medicine and Monash Rural Health offers opportunities for them to study and work in rural and regional areas.”

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