UQ medical students check Fire-Fighters health at rural championships

Third year medical student, Lena von Schuckmann taking the blood pressure of a local firefighter

UQ Rural Clinical School (RCS) Year 3 and 4 medical students conducted health-checks for fire fighters and the local community, at the 2011 Queensland Fire Fighters Championships held in Rockhampton on Saturday 13 August.

Health checks included blood pressure, skin checks, BMI and sugar levels, and were offered freely to the community as well as the fire fighters.

Third year medical student Lena von Schuckmann really enjoyed the opportunity to practice some of the skills she has acquired over the years.

‘Conducting health checks on the public is a very satisfying and rewarding experience, knowing that such simple tests can be of great benefit and potentially life-saving to an individual,’ Lena said.

Lena moved from Brisbane to Rockhampton in 2011 to enjoy the benefits of a smaller hospital, as well as having more opportunities to be involved with the local community,

‘I am very appreciative of the positive experiences I have encountered in Rockhampton. Volunteering to perform health checks at this local event has enabled me to give something back to the community that has made me feel welcome throughout the year,’ Lena said.

The Rural Clinical School shared a booth on the day with the Central and Southern Queensland Qld Training Consortium (CSQTC), which confirmed the presence of UQ-RCS and the CSQTC in the community, working together to promote rural and remote medicine training opportunities and expand the health workforce in the Central Queensland Region.

If you would like more information about the Rural Clinical School in Rockhampton, contact the RCS-R office on (07) 4999 2999.

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