During my placement days, I spent time alternating between Bowen Hospital and one of the general practices in town. Perched on the hill, Bowen Hospital has elevated views across the town and is equipped with various hospital, clinic, visiting and allied health services.
I had the chance to gain further insight into Indigenous health, meeting with the hospital’s Indigenous health worker and spending time in the community. With an on-site helipad at the Hospital, I seized the chance to meet the retrieval teams and learnt about some of their journeys into such an exciting career.
My interests have always laid within practicing rural and remote medicine upon graduation. Whether it is in emergency medicine, general practice or rural generalism, rural life is where I wish to return because of the people, the impact I can have on the local community, the lifestyle and, of course, the absence of traffic lights.
I strongly encourage any medical student, who is looking at places for a rural rotation, whether they are in second, fourth or sixth year, to apply for Bowen. The community want any and every medical student to experience what this region has to offer. They hope one day, we will return as future doctors and help the community.