Nine medical students of the Rural Clinical School spent their second day in Kalgoorlie-Boulder being inducted into the busy corridors of rural practice yesterday.
They will spend this year in Kalgoorlie-Boulder and thereafter decide whether to return to practise in a rural setting – a question many Goldfielders hope they will answer in the affirmative.
And so far, the signs are good. Given the difficulties local and State Government have enticing doctors to “go bush”, several of the students say they have volunteered for lifestyle reasons.
“I really enjoy country medicine and learning in this kind of environment, ” 22-year-old UWA student Christopher Lim said. “I really want to play country sport and get back into the community.”
Others felt the RCS would be a good learning experience, even if their careers led them to the city hospitals.
“If you’re practising in the city you’re going to come across patients from rural areas,” Emma Jones said. “It’s good to know where they come from and what happens to their care if you discharge them.”