Providing opportunities for medical students to experience life in the country.
As part of their university curriculum, 160 medical students from Western Australian universities spent four days in towns across the Wheatbelt to learn about rural life.
The Wheatbelt Medical Student Immersion Program saw first-year medical students from The University of Notre Dame Australia School of Medicine (Fremantle) and second-year Curtin University Medical School students participate in a four-day placement across several Wheatbelt towns: Bruce Rock, Cunderdin, Kellerberin, Merredin, Narrogin, Southern Cross and Westonia.
"We acknowledge many of the students will become metropolitan doctors in the future, however this program will give them an understanding of what a country patient experiences when travelling to Perth for treatment. If a student is influenced by the program to consider a rural career, that will be the cherry on top."
Steering Committee members
- Rural Health West (lead)
- Country WA Primary Health Network
- The University of Notre Dame Australia
- Curtin University Faculty of Sciences
- Wheatbelt East Regional Organisation of Councils (WE-ROC)