TREES Program 2017

Over the last few months, a group of 28 first year medical students chose to complete their first year medical observership in a rural location. The TROHPIQ Rural Elective Experience Scholarship is a program run by the UQ Rural Clinical School in conjunction with TROHPIQ. TREES provides students with the opportunity to experience regional and rural Queensland, gain fantastic hands-on learning experiences, and meet some awe-inspiring rural practitioners.

Reports from students who participated in the program have been overwhelmingly positive. There’s no doubt that there were plenty of opportunities for students to practice and develop their clinical skills. Full reports from students are now available via this link and some excerpts are included below. Congratulations to all students on completing their first medical placement and for choosing the challenging but rewarding environment of a rural location.

Connor Dorval – Roma Hospital

“Aside from having met so many wonderful people, by far the best part of coming to Roma is the way the students are integrated into the health care team, even as a first year with very little clinical experience. What will you be doing day to day? Much of your time is spent in the Emergency Department, where you are not only allowed but encouraged to review patients that have been triaged. You’ll take histories, perform physical exams, form a provisional diagnosis, then handover to a doctor – a skill in and of itself. You can then follow that patient’s case through to the end, working through any clinical reasoning, imaging, and test results with the doctor.

The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to volunteer for everything, even if it seems scary. Introduce yourself to every doctor and nurse and give them a heads-up if you have any special interests.”

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Connor Dorval completed his TREES placement at Roma Hospital. “The highlight of my placement was the chance to fly with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and a Flying Surgeon to Cunnamulla and Charleville.

Belinda Burgess – Kingaroy Hospital 2017

“During my TREES placement, I have had the opportunity to experience the emergency department, OBS & GYN, the medical/surgical ward and theatre lists. Some highlights of my time here include suturing lots of hands and fingers in ED, learning how to cannulate and intubate with the anaesthetist in theatre, scrubbing in to a hernia repair, attending birth suite with the midwives and assisting an emergency Caesarian.

I am very much indebted to the medical, nursing and midwifery staff here at Kingaroy. From day 1, everybody has gone out of their way to welcome us to the team and encourage us to actively participate in patient care. All of the staff, and particularly the senior medical officers, have demonstrated a passion and aptitude for medical education that has ensured that my time here has been a fruitful learning experience.”

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Thank you to the UQ Rural Clinical School and the health professionals that worked to make this such a fantastic experience for all the students involved.

Joint Rural Health Club Weekend 2017

Joint Rural Health Club Weekend


The JRHCW 2017 held in Emerald was attended by 11 TROHPIQ students this year including a variety of health students. The weekend provided a unique opportunity for students of various backgrounds from rural health clubs all over QLD to network and optimise their skills in a range of teaching sessions. In between all the delicious meals, students also had the chance mingle with many renowned health professionals and notable community leaders to hear about their experiences in rural health.

Congratulations to the 2018 Team

The 2017 TROHPIQ AGM was held last Tuesday 3rd October. We were delighted to see so many enthusiastic faces, both known and new! Congratulations to the incoming TROHPIQ Executive and Management committees for 2018. With such a fantastic team, we are sure you will do great things and are excited to see where you will take TROHPIQ next year!

Executive Committee
Past President: Laura Frederiksen
President: Shaiba Chatterjee
Vice President: Fiona Edwards
Treasurer: Imogen Aitkins
Secretary: Imogen Gilpin
NAHO Education: Jessica Thackeray
NAHO Social: Amelia Young
Communications & IT Officer: Brigid King
NRHSN + Membership Officer: Sjors Plugge

Management Committee
MDII rep: Belinda Burgess & Patrice Brennan
OT Rep: Maginnis Connell
Rockhampton Rep: Timothy Thorne & Luke Ciantar
Hervey Bay Rep: Alice Ann Wyche
Bundaberg Rep: Vivek Padmanabhan & Amy Shang
Toowoomba Rep: Elise Witter & Emma Chan
Scholarships, Bursaries & conferences Officer: Bruno Perthus
Education Officer: Taylor Brooks
Skills Day Convenors: Belinda Burgess, Patrice Brennan & Grace Boyd
RHSV Convenors: Emma Chan & Brandon Ng
Cherbourg Trip Convenors: Elise Witter & Taylor Brooks
Wide Bay Trip Convenors: Lauren Pienaar & Sarah Harten
Rockhampton Trip Convenors: Sophie Gong & Sarah Harten
Toowoomba Trip Convenors: Elise Witter & Rosannah Blackwood
Bowties & Beauties Convenors: Belinda Burgess & Lauren Pienaar

Some positions are still open to join the 2018 TROHPIQ team. Apply now at or email for information

2017-18 AGM

Nominations are now open for the 2018 TROHPIQ Executive and Management Committees!

If you or someone you know would like to get involved behind-the-scenes for TROHPIQ, consider nominating below. Applications are open at: (close 5pm Saturday 23rd Sept)

More information about TROHPIQ and the executive and management roles located here:

If you would like more detail about any specific roles, please email

Nominations close 5pm Saturday 23rd September 2017.
Online voting will be open from Monday 25th September – Sunday 1st October 2017.
Save the date for the TROHPIQ AGM, which will be held Tuesday 3rd October 2017.


– You are able to nominate yourself or someone else. If you are nominating someone else, please let them know.

– You are able to (and encouraged to) nominate for multiple roles. However, if you are elected to an executive position, it precludes you from being elected for management positions due to the time commitment of the executive.

– Nominees must be TROHPIQ members.


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RDAQ Conference

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!”