This year 13 TROHPIQ students attended the 28th annual Rural Doctors Association Queensland Conference which took place from 8 – 10 June 2017 at the Mercure Townsville.
The conference was an incredible opportunity for students to hear interesting new topics on the latest in rural medicine and network with doctors from all over Queensland. The timetable was jam packed with talks ranging from refugee health, chronic disease management and mental health, to palliative care. The plenary sessions “Staying ‘off the rocks’” a compass for navigating crises points in domestic relationships” and “Making community engagement work” generated a lot of discussion and the special guest speaker address from Dr Adrian McCallum on his time in the North and South Pole was particularly inspiring.
This year, three TROHPIQ members took out the RDAQ academic awards finalist spots. Toby, Kriscara and Winnie each presented stimulating case studies exploring the complexities of health care in rural QLD. Past President Billy Moorhead was also awarded the 2017 UQ Rural Doctors Association of Queensland Prize.
It was incredible experience for all involved the photos speak for themselves
“I really enjoyed the chance to go back to RDAQ conference this year. RDAQ is a social, informative and welcoming conference that is ideal for any future rural generalists. It is a chance to interact with the leaders (and characters) of rural medicine in Queensland.”
“RDAQ conference was a great experience. The highlights were getting to meet doctors that were genuinely interested in me and encouraging me in pursuing a career in rural medicine. It was great to meet other students from other universities. The talks were great and have a good idea of rural practice. I would highly recommend this conference for those considering it in the future!”