This is Eilidh. She is a final year 🇦🇺 medical student about to qualify as a doctor 👩⚕️ in October 2021.
As part of her clinical attachment with The University of Western Australia Eilidh has chosen to come to Ravensthorpe for her 5 week placement and spend time with both Dr. Livingston and Dr. Paget to experience a taste of life as a rural generalist.
The plan is to show Eilidh and other medical students another side of medicine that does not often get showcased to undergraduates before or during their training and more than just a day trip.
So far Eilidh is enjoying her experience and since finding out about this unique placement with Dr. Livingston we have 5 other students now apply to come! which makes this a bit of a hot spot for experience.
The long term plan is that students experience other options when time comes for specialist training selection and hope one or more of them remembers this experience and chooses life as a rural generalist.
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Today was the first day for Aimee and I as we did our inaugural clinic in Varley as part of the RFDS (outfits awaited)
Numbers were excellent, patients wonderful and thank you to the Varley Progress Association for Smoko and Lunch it was delightful and wonderfully appreciated. Till next month!
Today is also an important milestone for another reason. On this day 5 years ago we started operating from Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun respectively.
We were repeatedly asked when we started how long we would hang around for or how long did we ‘have to do’
5 years later the answer is clear.
✅ We have taken 2 practices which started with below average clinical performance to not just one of the best clinically performing practices in Western Australia but Australia itself.
✅ We have moved forward from outdated clinical software into the 21st century and adapted 8 different new technology platforms within our practices.
✅ We have one of the first rural generalists trainees in WA. Dr Paget is the only Australian trained registrar in the region and is part of the WA rural generalist programme through WAGPET
✅ We have achieved 4 different types of accreditation for the practices (AGPAL, WAGPET, HDAA, Vaxhub)
✅ We have implemented online booking as standard and have the lowest waiting time to be seen in rural and remote Australia. Some rural locations and even regionally the wait is 3 weeks and not even to see the same same doctor.
✅ We have localised care through Telehealth and been instrumental in allowing immunotherapy and chemotherapy agents to actually be given in the community without leaving the region. We were the first to offer this.
✅ We have worked hard to be appointed the ONLY COVID-19 vaccination hub in the region
More importantly we have reversed the sad trends commonly blighting rural and regional locations when it comes to Mental Health, Cardiovascular Health, Cancer, Chronic Health to now have the same or better outcomes as our metro counterparts.
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And like that I have just had my first ‘shot’ 💉 and survived.
Feeling well afterwards not even a sore arm.
Less irritating than the flu jab 😂
Next shot will be when we are doing it in Ravensthorpe!
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