Pharmacist here to stay thanks to intern program
Tuesday, 21st January, 2014
By Emily Roberts
Supporting an intern program, through the University Department of Rural Health, has paid off for Outback Pharmacies.
Outback Pharmacies has been utilising the university’s student placement program for many years.
The program helps entice more students in various health-related disciplines to rural communities after graduation, and hopefully fills gaps where there are shortages.
Andrew Rodaughan is now a qualified pharmacist. He completed his student placement and internship with Outback Pharmacies, and has decided to stay on and live in Broken Hill.
Andrew studied at Monash University, Melbourne, and first came to Broken Hill with his six-week student placement through the UDRH.
“I then came back as an intern pharmacist,” he said.
“I spent a year doing that, now I am fully registered. I always liked the rural side of Broken Hill and the experiences I had as a student.
“It is a good community to get involved in.”
Andrew thinks he might stay for a couple of years.
“Everyone is really friendly and things are easy to become a part of,” he said.
“I play squash, I’m involved with the local pony club and I play trivia on Tuesday nights at the Sturt Club.”
He said having three connected pharmacies also provided a different experience.
“It’s the best of both worlds, you experience different aspects, especially having to move between the stores,” he said.
“But you also get to know the customers and the regulars.”
Tembys pharmacist Jason Harvey said UDRH students spend 30 weeks between the three pharmacies.
“Not only do we expose students to Broken Hill and the outback; they get to meet former students, (like Andrew) who have come back as pharmacists,” Jason said.
A new cohort of students started last week at the pharmacies.