This past weekend TROHPIQ embarked on a whirlwind tour of Toowoomba with a group of health students representing the various disciplines of the Brisbane campuses. Our host in Toowoomba, the UQ Rural Clinical School, laid out an excellent welcome followed by a series of skill workshops, hospital tours, and emergency scenarios. After a busy morning we retreated to a famous Toowoomba watering hole, The Spotted Cow for some lunch and a presentation by local business woman Elizabeth Gillam on the positive attributes of her beloved city.
The afternoon rolled on with visits to the local accommodation provided to medical students in their 3rd and 4th years of study, as well as a visit to the beautiful (but in this case cloudy) Picnic Point.
The trip aimed to promote the RCS for those students who may have an opportunity in the coming years to complete a portion of their training in this area. The response was overwhelmingly positive, and we are certain that many participants will be calling Toowoomba home, if only temporarily, in the near future. While the trip is just a brief taste of what Toowoomba has to offer, extended placements are a major reason that future health practitioners choose to practice outside our major urban centers. We would like to thank everyone that made the day a success and we look forward to returning in 2013!