Doctors in the making make it here

By Riverine Herald

MELBOURNE medical students got a taste of regional health when they visited Echuca-Moama.

The 19 Monash University students dropped into Echuca Regional Health to see medical situations they could face if they take up a regional posting.

Part of a two-week program in Bendigo, the tour aimed to expose medical students to rural areas to help boost the number of GPs in the region.

In addition to visiting ERH and the Port of Echuca, students went to the Lockington and District Bush Nursing Centre. They also spent time at Corey Mitchell’s farm in Lockington, gaining awareness of farm machinery and the farm injuries they would encounter as rural GPs.

Monash’s Terri Galea said the idea was to show the students the function of rural medical facilities in regards to such issues as emergencies, child care and childbirth. Ms Galea said the students were either metropolitan based or international students who had never really been out of Melbourne before.

‘‘This gives them the opportunity to see what’s on offer out here.

“Plus in the country they have to initially deal with everything themselves. Whereas in the city, they can send difficult cases straight onto a specialist. So they have to be a lot more multitalented here.”