Rural health role models
“My time spent learning from the doctors at Stanthorpe, and Dr James Telfer in particular, during my four placements there with the John Flynn Placement Program will continue to influence my career moving forward.
“Another special mention also has to be to my father, Dr Ulrich Orda who is the director of the emergency department in Mount Isa. His dedication and love for rural medicine has greatly influenced me and I have been able to witness the positive impact that you can have for the health of rural and remote communities if you work hard and do what you love.”
“Being able to help patients in their most stressful and difficult situations has inspired me to also want to work in critical care and emergency medicine in the future. I would also love the opportunity to work in retrieval services such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service, to help care for those most isolated.”
The JCU difference
“JCU’s focus on Indigenous and rural and remote health has prepared me to enter the workforce with a well-rounded and holistic approach. My JCU training has also prepared me to work in places with limited resources and with additional challenges of distance and isolation.”
“My goal as a doctor is to help reduce the health gaps that are seen in Australia, most prominently between our Indigenous and non-Indigenous population, as well as between our rural and remote patients and their urban counterparts.”
Kathrin was also awarded the Mick McLoughlin Memorial Prize in Rural Medicine during her second year of studies.