Thursday, 3 November 2016

Rural placement introduces metro students to Helimed

Monash University medical students learned about the significance of an air ambulance service to rural and remote areas during a recent visit to Helimed as part of a two-week rural placement.

Ambulance Victoria paramedic Ben Meadley spent time with the Clayton-based year two students at the Helimed air ambulance base at Latrobe Regional Airport in Traralgon. He shared stories about the work of Helimed in Gippsland, which includes hospital transfers, airlifting critical patients from remote locations and search and rescue missions on both land and water.

The rural placements are facilitated by Deborah Hewetson, Year 2 program coordinator at Monash Rural Health Latrobe Valley & West Gippsland.

Clinical skills educator Lane Johnson said the local visits are designed to introduce the students to rural communities and rural health practice. She said the placements focused on clinical practice and involvement in community activities and included visits to local pharmacies, hospitals and Indigenous sites.

The students, based in Warragul and Traralgon for their two-week placement, also participated in a clinical skills education session which saw Monash Rural Health Traralgon-based staff and years three and four medical students teach them skills including basic life support, plastering, wound dressings and the use of a laparoscopic simulator.

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