Thursday, 27 October 2016

‘Real-world’ insights for Monash medical students

Real-world insights into occupational hazards were provided to Monash medical students during a recent visit to Loy Yang B, one of Victoria’s largest coal-fired power stations.While touring the Latrobe Valley-based power generator, year 3B students from the Monash Rural Health Latrobe Valley & West Gippsland site heard first-hand from station personnel about workplace injuries and safety measures.

Year 3B students Rachel Van Zetten (right) and Emily Malia tour Loy Yang B in the Latrobe Valley.

“This trip occurred in the context of the occupational medicine component of our course,” said student Adam Bisiani. “Initially we were run through various cases about occupational hazards that may arise, which gave a ‘real-world’ feel to the theory we have learnt.”

“This was not too dissimilar to learning medicine in the classroom and applying it on the wards,” he added.

Students toured the power station and also learned about the nature of the national energy grid before taking in views of the Latrobe Valley from the station’s 19th floor.

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