Goondiwindi Hospital Plays Host

For the first time, Goondiwindi Hospital has hosted a group of third year medical students from the University of Queensland for a week of hands-on activities and it has been a busy week for the team showing the students the ropes.

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A number of Goondiwindi health care workers including nurse educators, administrative staff, Indigenous health workers and GPs helped facilitate the week of activities. Over the course of the week, students participated in a variety of skills sessions including suturing, intercostal catheterisation (chest drains), inserting drips, drawing up medications and resuscitation, as well as take part in education about mental health and general practice.

Local doctor Anna Carswell says the eleven students have been immersed in a week of hands-on skills sessions and theory-based tutorials.

“The preparation week is aimed at getting the students ready for their rural placements which occur over the course of the semester. This is the first time Goondiwindi has hosted a cohort of students for a week of activities and sessions aimed at better orientating them for the year ahead”.

“It is a great opportunity to highlight the great team and working environment we have in this region. Hopefully this can lead to even more students choosing to follow a career in rural health.”

The course is also being presented for the first time in Emerald, Kingaroy, Theodore and Roma, along with existing locations at Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay and Toowoomba.

University of Queensland Acting Head of Rural Clinical School Associate Professor Bruce Chater says the program confirmed UQ’s commitment to rural and remote communities and support for training future rural doctors.

“We’re really excited about partnering with highly skilled local doctors and medical staff who support and deliver the Rural Medicine, GP and Mental Health preparation week program.”

“This will be some students’ first experience of life in rural and regional Australia, travelling on average 400km to participate. The local communities put a lot of effort into welcoming the students and showing them the great lifestyle that is enjoyed in these thriving rural towns.”

“I would like to particularly acknowledge the Goondiwindi team who have made the week a wonderful and educational experience for our students.”