Past TREES Experiences

Past TREE Scholars have had the opportunity to:

  • Be mentored by Rural Generalists, Rural GP’s and nursing and allied health staff in rural hospitals and medical centres.
  • Become a part of the medical team; from perfecting the art of history taking and improving procedural skills through to learning the keys to diagnosis and management of common conditions. Develop confidence in the application of these new found skills.
  • Explore the local sites, guided by hosts or colleagues

Below are some reports from TREE scholars over the past couple of years.

Jesse Stirling – Dalby 2018

Everything about my TREES Observership experience was perfect – from the 1:1 student to doctor ratio, the nursing staff who were eager to teach and guide, and the country patients who were all willing for me to have a go (even if I did fail to cannulate them twice before getting it right).

The community life was equally as rewarding. I got involved in multiple sporting clubs, attended local religious meetings, and even won a few weeks of pub trivia with the allied health brainiacs. Dalby is not a large town, but it has a pleasant buzz to it (and all the necessities, namely: a cinema, a good fish and chip shop, and a hotel that serves a mean chicken parmi). I soon realized just how tight the community is when I would go out, and every single time, without fail, I would see someone I knew. It was fantastic.

Hannah Hassum – Roma 2018

For my year 1 observership I went to Roma Hospital as part of the TREES program. From reading the past TREES experiences I was excited to see what a placement in a rural hospital would bring! All of the staff were lovely. The doctors were happy to teach you skills and test your clinical knowledge, and there were many lovely nurses willing to give you a hand when you were unsure about what you were doing.

My days primarily rotated through the ED and ward, where you got to practice your history and examination skills. The ED was particularly interesting as a wide variety of medical conditions were treated; from coughs and colds to major trauma. In the ward, I was taught valuable skills such as how to write notes and chart medications by the wonderful intern. This may not sound very exciting but are very useful skills!

At least once a week I had a theatre day, either with the full-time surgeon or a fly-in surgeon. These days were fascinating, as you were able to see the surgeons in action! Roma also has a wide variety, as some specialists such as orthopaedics, ophthalmology and urology have regular surgery days.

In my third week I was able to go on an RFDS flight with the flying surgeon to Charleville. Getting to fly in the plane and see another rural location was an amazing experience. The RFDS surgeons have so much wisdom from working in many areas and were very interesting to chat to.

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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Cedrik Luk – Gladstone GP Clinic 2017

“During my time in consultations, some things I was able to do include listening to abnormal breath sounds or heart sounds that I haven’t heard before in real patients, take blood pressures, try out my otoscopy technique and interpret an ECG. Everyone in the clinic was very friendly and welcoming.

This placement also allowed me to appreciate how important the role of general practice is in coordinating patient care, treating chronic and undifferentiated diseases, preventative healthcare and helping patients navigate the complicated healthcare system. It also gave me insight into difficulties in seeing the right healthcare specialists in areas far away from major cities, as many healthcare services are only available in Rockhampton or Brisbane.”

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Past TREES Reports

Previous TREE Scholar reports are published below. These reports are each scholar’s reflection of what their 4 weeks of rural elective achieved, and the highlights of their experiences.

Please note that TREES locations vary year to year.

TREES Reports 2018 – click here to access a folder with the 2018 reports. Placement locations and TREE scholars are listed below.

Riccardo Miceli McMillan -Yeppoon Hospital

Gabriel Glatthor – Yeppoon Hospital

Bron Smith – Emerald Hospital

Bryn Graham – Emerald Medical Group (Superclinic)

Hariharan Ganesan – Dalby Hospital

Jesse Stirling – Dalby Hospital

Danny Hammoudi – Gladstone Hospital

India Plath – Gladstone Hospital

Shannon Baker – Kingaroy General Hospital

Alexander Morris – Kingaroy General Hospital

Hannah Hassum – Roma Hospital

Veronica Ho – Roma Hospital

Nuwan Dahanayake – Charleville

Sebastian Hammond – Charleville

Neetu Matthew – Goondiwindi  

Majed Kamali – Blackbutt Medical Centre 

Justin Tjong – Tara Medical Practice 

Syed Hassan – Beaudesert Hospital

Naomi Turner – Beaudesert Hospital 

Calan Spielman – Kilcoy Hospital 

Isaac Li – Kilcoy Medical Practice 

James Zhang – Warwick Hospital  

Cynthia Liu – Brisbane Valley Medical Services Esk

Devon Clark – St George Medical Centre


Click here to view a folder of past TREES Reports: 2012 – 2018