On a trip up to sunny Cairns, ten students recently attended the 14th World Rural Health Conference as representatives of TROHPIQ. This was a fantastic opportunity for medical students to delve into the most current issues in rural health on a national and global scale. Over the course of four days, there were interactive workshops, research presentations, leadership and networking opportunities. We would like to sincerely thank the UQ Rural Clinical School for sponsoring our students to attend this conference. Read some of the students’ testimonies below to find out more about their experience!
“The WONCA world rural health conference was an unmissable experience. I participated in included a rural café designed to connect medical students and young doctors from around the world and talk about rural health and experiences in different countries. I learnt about tropical medicine and the different diseases and animal risks that can be involved. I learnt more about indigenous culture from Dr Louis Peachy that helped reinforce the public health lectures from UQ. Overall, the conference instilled into me a whole new depth of passion and interest into the rural health workforce and I know it is definitely something I wish to be involved with in the future.”
“The presentations were all engaging and informative, and it was really motivational to hear about the love for their career, community and their accomplishments. There were also talks regarding rural healthcare in overseas countries and it was insightful to see how they were tackling the issue of rural workforce shortage, and how we could implement some of their methods in Australia. The workshops were very interactive and we got the chance to have small group discussions, which were very interesting given the wealth of experience from the doctors, researchers, academics and other attendees. It was great to see the conference catering for and supporting students.”
“First and foremost, the conference has solidified my interest in moving into the rural generalist pathway and provided much-needed context and inspiration for students and young doctors to move rurally, both in Australia and around the globe. There was a focus on the next generation and the need to make the newer doctors better than the old; to not make the same mistakes and to bolster rural medicine in new and necessary ways. I learned a whole lot about Emergency medicine, the royal flying doctor service and envenomation treatment and physiology which I found particularly interesting.”