Initiative aiming to help rural medicine
IT'S no secret that there's a desperate need for more skilled medical professionals in rural and remote Australia.
Collaborative efforts are being rolled out across the country to try keep and lure more young doctors to the bush - programs like Aspire to Health.
The initiative is a collaboration between, The University of Queensland Rural Clinical School, Griffith University, the University of Southern Queensland and supported by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training - Darling Downs South West region.
The program arrived in Stanthorpe recently, giving year 9 and 10 students the opportunity to tour the local hospital and QAS ambulance, as well as meet and talk with local healthcare students and professionals.
"They were giving them an opportunity to be exposed to all the things that we do,” Paul Purea from Griffith University said.
"We just want them to really consider health as a career pathway. We think it's really important. We find that students that have been introduced to these things earlier on in their career or schooling will tend to come back to rural places,” he said.
Stanthorpe State High School year 9 student Lyla Jacobsen said it provided a great learning
"Especially for people considering health because we don't get to learn a lot like this at school.
"It's shown the inside of the hospital and what really goes on because you don't really get to know.
"There's a lot of different career options inside the hospital... it's not just a doctor,” she said.
Students participated in clinical skills which included suturing, plastering, CPR and allied health skills. Students also took part in an 'emergency' simulation with paramedics, nurses, doctors and medical students.