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Trainees taste bush medicine

Wednesday, 28th January, 2015

Medical students (from left) Laurant King, Richard Davey and Adrienne Campbell are calling Broken Hill home for the next eight months as part of their hospital placement. Medical students (from left) Laurant King, Richard Davey and Adrienne Campbell are calling Broken Hill home for the next eight months as part of their hospital placement.

A new group of medical students started work at the Broken Hill Hospital this week.

The seven students from universities of Adelaide and Sydney will be making an eight-month commitment to the city.

They are the latest students to enter the Broken Hill Extended Clinical Placement Program run by the BH University Department of Rural Health (UDRH).

This program, which started in 2009, aims to inspire students to consider a medical career in the outback. 

UDRH Director of Clinical Medicine, Dr Malcolm Moore, said the students will stay on for most of the year.

They will split their time between general practice and the hospital, as well as spending time outlying towns to experience outback living.

“They also go to remote health sites like Menindee, Wilcannia for an overall experience of health in a remote setting,” Dr Moore said.

“The feedback we have received is that the students enjoy the access to clinicians and they get direct access to a wide range of health problems.

“They also become part of the community and join up to groups, as well as attending events.”

Among the group is Claudia Paul who was this week named Broken Hill’s Young Citizen of the Year. 

After completing high school, Claudia went on to study medicine at the University of Adelaide.

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