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 recently returned TREE scholars.

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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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. Of course, then comes the paperwork, but as uninspiring as that may sound, learning to navigate charts and write clinical notes has turned out to be a very useful and necessary skill.

But paperwork is a small price to pay for learning procedures. I’ve learned IV cannulation, venepuncture, suturing, IM injections, catheters, and much more, and have been taught by amazing nurses and doctors who genuinely want to pass on their knowledge, and care about our learning. 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.

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 2017 – click here to access a folder with the 2017 reports. Placement locations and TREE scholars are listed below.

Blackbutt Medical Centre – Catriona Laing

Yeppoon Hospital – Alex Caple

Kingaroy Hospital – Belinda Burgess

Kingaroy Hospital – Taryn Lai

Wynard Medical Centre – Alex Babinchak

Beaudesert Family Practice – Bryan Ito

Beaudesert Hospital – Joanna Neal

Beaudesert Hospital – Monica Gillie

Beaudesert Hospital – Teneal Baxter

St George Medical Centre – Callum Leggett

Capricorn Coast Hospital Yeppoon – Cassie Cooke

Gladstone GP Superclinic – Cedric Luk

Roma Hospital – Connor Dorval

Roma Hospital – Tionne Seden

Emerald Hospital – Seah E-Hong

Emerald Hospital – Gwen Juliff

Gladstone Hospital – Isaac Mok

Miles Medical Centre – Lisa Yamada

Tara Hospital – Logitha Gowriswaran

Moura Hospital McKenna Kormanik

Texas Practice – Conor Brown

Goondiwindi – Parvati Dadwal

Dalby Hospital – Roger Goodyear

Dalby Hospital – Thalia Guerin

Kilcoy Medical Centre – Shima Bakhtiary

Tamborine Mountain Medical Practice – Sopie Olufson


Click here to view a folder of past TREES Reports: 2012 – 2016