Rural High School Visits 2018

RHSV 2018 – a trip that saw the formation of an amazing team between 5 passionate TROHPIQ volunteers spreading their love for health careers across 875km of rural QLD.

This year, RHSV visited 4 high schools in Warwick, Goondiwindi and Chinchilla, and delivered a wealth of knowledge about health careers through presentation and interactive workshops. Our workshops introduced students to the technicalities of surgical handwashing, exemplified the use of stethoscopes for heart and breath sounds, dared students to face the shocking TENS machine, revised basic lifesaving skills with special adjuncts, and showcased the importance of allied health teams for amputee patients, along with so much more!

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The 2018 RHSV Team

To reward our hard work, our volunteers also visited the Bunya Mountains and became immersed in the flourishing, luscious forest of strangler trees, and had an overnight stay on a farm abundant with farm animals including pigs, horses, chickens and even a peacock! We had an incredible 5 days teaching high school students about the intrinsic rewards of health careers, as well as growing our own appreciation for rural QLD. Best of all, we formed a beautiful friendship amongst the 5 of us & we all took something valuable away with us which will no doubt help us in our respective careers.

We can’t encourage you enough to apply for RHSV 2019!!

 

Gundy Medical Muster 2018

A group of TROHPIQ members were lucky enough to attend the 2018 Gundy Medical Muster. This event is run by local clinicians in Goondiwindi, and is always a popular conference that provides education and networking opportunities for students and health professionals. It is also a great chance to experience the community of Goondiwindi.

The event was kicked off by Welcome Drinks on the Friday night, followed by two fantastic days of plenary sessions and panel discussions. The theme of the conference was “Extremes of Life”, and the program included several interesting topics from the role of epigenetics and maternal health in chronic disease to end of life care. The conference dinner was also a definite highlight and a great way to unwind after a day of interesting discussions.

 

Thank you to the conference organising team and the community of Goondiwindi for making this such a fantastic event! Also a huge thank you to the Southern Queensland Regional Training Hub for sponsoring TROHPIQ students to attend.

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Read below some statements from TROHPIQ members that attended:

“I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to experience the unique sense of community and collegiality among the rural health workforce in Goondiwindi. The focus on extremes of life reminded me that with rural health it is possible to have continuity of compassionate care from womb to tomb. I especially enjoyed the involvement of community members in the panel discussions and hearing their views represented.” ~Elise Witter
“I enjoyed and appreciated the unique atmosphere of Goondiwindi in general, and the opportunity to engage with the local doctors and medical students from Griffith and Bond Uni, who were a joy to interact with. The emphasis on the extremes of life during the conference highlighted the importance of a GP’s role in primary care within a rural setting at every critical point in life. The conference presentations were highly informative as a well, such as the talk and panel on Alzheimer’s Disease, providing great perspective and insight that would prove useful in the future during practice.” ~E-Hong Seah

 

“The Gundy Medical Muster was a fantastic opportunity for me to experience a regional town I had never been to before. Highlights included the opportunity to meet a number of local Doctors, as well as listen to a range of interesting plenary discussions. These included a session on High Risk Obstetric Complications, as well as an interesting presentation on how early fetal life can influence our future risk of developing chronic disease” ~ Brigid King

“The Goondiwindi Medical Muster was an incredible opportunity for medical students to network with inspirational rural practitioners. As part of the student program, we were able to participate in plenary sessions and attend a hospital tour. The theme of this year’s conference “Extremes of Life” resonated with me personally as someone interested in aged care and palliative care. It was particularly great to be returning to a rural community that I have already done placements at and being welcomed back into the community as if I’ve never left! Many thanks to the Southern Queensland Regional Training Hub for sponsoring us, and I hope to be there again at the next conference in two years time.” ~ Shaiba Chatterjee