What have you done with your downtime?
During my placement, I dedicated my weekends to exploring the great outdoors! I have taken up paddle boarding and kayaking at Lake Moondarra and chased jaw-dropping sunsets at Granite mines, Telstra hill and the Cloncurry lookout. I have also been to the Northern Territory border and attended the local races. And finally, to fully complete my outback adventure, I camped at Lawn Hill and Camooweal!
How would you describe the Mount Isa community?
The Mount Isa community is close-knit and very welcoming to visitors. I would be lying if I said I did not get homesick the first two weeks of moving here. However, this community made me at home by easing the feeling of social isolation and helping me rediscover my hobbies.
What tips do you have for making the most of placement?
The biggest tip I can give is to put yourself outside your comfort zone! I would have never known that I love the outdoors if I didn’t take the opportunity of coming to Mount Isa and say yes to new adventures.
What are your plans for next year why have you chosen this pathway?
Completing my placement in Mount Isa has sparked my interest in rural and remote Dentistry as it helped me understand the need for oral health practitioners within these areas. Poor oral health and lack of oral health literacy is a major concern that needs to be addressed and that’s why I plan to work in a rural or remote setting after I graduate.
Through extensive hands-on clinical experience across a range of settings, our JCU Dentistry graduates are prepared to make a difference in rural and remote health. We love to showcase the placement experiences of our students, like Sowmya. If you are a JCU Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacy student and would like to share your placement experience, please contact us.