From practising cannulation and taking bloods on a co-worker volunteer, to seeing a baby’s life saved in a medical crisis, Annabelle’s clinical experiences in Julia Creek, Mackay, Thursday Island, Sunshine Coast, Longreach, Brisbane and Townsville have equipped her well.
“I also got to go to Birdsville for a week with the COVID team,” she says. “Queensland Health paid for me and one of the nurses to take a tiny little private plane that fitted three people. We flew for two hours from Longreach to Birdsville, which was gorgeous, and stayed there for a week at the Big Red Bash doing all of the COVID swabbing.”
The extended placement in Longreach was a diverse learning experience: “In the mornings, all the doctors would do handover, and then we’d do the ward round and then ED (Emergency Department) in the afternoon. Every second week, the visiting obgyn would come from Brisbane. We’d have visiting paediatric, orthopaedic and general surgeons. They normally don't bring a registrar with them so it was really cool to be first assist in lots of the surgeries instead of being shuffled to the back.”
“They might call us after hours to ask if we were happy to come in and help with caesareans, which was really good experience as well. I got to see a wide range of everything from a cough and cold in the ED to a patient with pancreatitis who was flown out immediately with the RFDS.”