Students check in for hospital training

Jackson Lavell-LeeBusselton Dunsborough Times
Annabel Murphy, Steph Fletcher, Toby Thomas, Jamee Thomas, Daisy Bowen, Nathania Tanoto, Lucy Irvine, Maddy Roan and Kate Wardell-Johnson are the latest class of trainee doctors from the Rural Clinical School at Busselton Health Campus
Camera IconAnnabel Murphy, Steph Fletcher, Toby Thomas, Jamee Thomas, Daisy Bowen, Nathania Tanoto, Lucy Irvine, Maddy Roan and Kate Wardell-Johnson are the latest class of trainee doctors from the Rural Clinical School at Busselton Health Campus Credit: Busselton-Dunsborough Times, Jackson Lavell-Lee

Ten new students have arrived in Busselton to undertake their placements with the Rural Clinical School.

Annabel Murphy, Steph Fletcher, Toby Thomas, Jamee Thomas, Daisy Bowen, Nathania Tanoto, Lucy Irvine, Maddy Roan, Emma Barrett and Kate Wardell-Johnson have all moved to Busselton to work at the health campus during a year-long placement. Rural Clinical School Medical co-ordinator Dr Sandra Rennie said the program would involve the students working in a range of positions, which would give them a wide range of experiences.

“During this year they will be rotating through all elements of the hospital including assisting delivering babies, in theatre, community psychiatry, emergency department and wards.

“It’s like an apprenticeship,” she said.

“Particularly in our region, they are exposed to rural generalists, which are general practitioners who also do obstetrics, anaesthetic or emergency procedures.”

Broadwater Medical Centre Dr Sarah Moore said since beginning in 2002, than RCA 60 students had come through Busselton.

“The RCS was set up to increase the number of students becoming rural doctors and we’ve certainly achieved that,” she said.

“Some of the community outreach services here are excellent. Busselton has had a great success in bringing our students back, six doctors have now returned and work at Margaret River Hospital.”

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