Sixteen TROHPIQ students were fortunate enough to attend the RDAQ (Rural Doctors Association of Queensland) Conference in Brisbane from the 7th-9th June as part of the sponsor-a-student program. The conference featured many pre-eminent speakers in rural health, with plenaries from Rolf Gomes, founder of the Heart of Australia outreach bus, and Victoria Brazil, a pioneer in medical simulation. The emerging role of social media in education, obstetric services, Aboriginal and rural health challenges and doctor wellbeing were focusses of the event, culminating in a medico-political forum where these issues were hotly debated.
Students had the opportunity to network with various organisations such as the College of Rural and Remote Medicine, Health Workforce Queensland and the RACGP, garnering invaluable insight into rural medicine (and many free pens!). Two TROHPIQ students were fortunate enough to be selected as finalists for the Academic Award, with Elise Witter and club president Shaiba Chatterjee delivering speeches on mental health and Aboriginal health challenges to the conference, while past president Laura Frederiksen was awarded the RDAQ-UQ prize in recognition of her commitment to rural medicine.
The event was closed with the David Horn memorial gala, where students enjoyed a night of live music and merriment, with TROHPIQ hosting the Recovery Breakfast the following day. The conference was described as the “highlight of the year”, with students describing that they “met the doctors they’d like to be” and were greatly inspired by the conference. Thank you to the generous sponsors who made this trip possible and helped to further cultivate our students’ passion for rural health!
~ Elise Witter, Member of TROHPIQ Management Committee