Narrogin said goodbye last week to three medical students who have studied with the Rural Clinical School since January.
Notre Dame University students Sarvin Randhawa and Mary-Ann Boulos, and University of WA student Elizabeth Eady took part in the year-long rural posting intended to give students insight into practising medicine in the country.
Ms Randhawa said she had enjoyed the time she spent in Narrogin and the experience she received had been valuable.
“I feel like we’ve come a long way from when we started in January to now,” she said.
The trio spent the past nine months at the Narrogin Hospital, GP practices and primary health service, as well as venturing out into surrounding districts.
Ms Boulos said a highlight of their stay in Narrogin was their community project, which was part of their studies, and which they decided to spend at the agricultural college doing sessions on mental health and administering flu vaccinations and eye checks for students wishing to get their skipper’s ticket.
Ms Boulos thanked the Rural Clinical School for paying for flights so the three students could visit Ireland, and the Town of Narrogin for funding their accommodation and car hire in Ireland.
Ms Randhawa said she did not know what to expect when she arrived in Narrogin.
“From a medical point of view, I just found that everything just comes at you and you see patients from start to finish which you don’t get in the city,” she said.
“Down here you are more involved in the decision-making and you’re more independent … it has just been a great experience.”