Trust Support for ANU Rural Clinical School

Mar 6, 2014 by

Rural Clinical SchoolRural Clinical School web Rural Clinical School webIn 2007 the Veolia Mulwaree Trust contributed $50,000 towards a new education facility at the Goulburn Base Hospital. With the completion of the facility the Rural Clinical School now has a well-functioning rural node site, currently being utilised by the 5 year long medical students in Goulburn. The facility provides the main teaching base during the Rural Weeks where ANU medical and University of Canberra allied health students undertake teaching at the facility.

Chairman, Paul Stephenson OAM, said he was particularly pleased to hear of the  ongoing success of the Rural Clinical School and congratulated the dedicated staff and hard working students. “Every year we are delighted to meet the students and hear not only of their progress but also the various community projects they have participated in locally” Mr Stephenson said.

Since 2007 the Veolia Mulwaree Trust has also provided annual funding of $6,000 towards the Rural Doctor Scholarships which assist the rural medical students with costs associated with their studies.

 The Australian National University commenced training medical students in early 2004. The first class graduated in 2007. One of the important aims of the training is to involve students in rural medicine from the earliest time in their course. This involves visits to rural centres including Goulbum, where the ANU is continually increasing infrastructure and staffing. Students visit Goulbum on several occasions to get an idea about how health services are organised and delivered, as well as to see what a rural lifestyle has to offer. The ANU also has eight students in 2014 that will be living and working in Goulbum, receiving all their medical training in various medical practices and at the hospitals.

Dr Isabella Hawke, Senior Lecturer and Academic Supervisor, said “the aim of this rural exposure is to encourage students to consider rural medical practice after graduation. There is no doubt that a ‘local’ medical school such as the ANU will also encourage doctors to come and stay in our district after graduation. These measures are designed to alleviate the rural doctor shortage and increase the numbers of general practitioners and specialists who choose to work in Goulbum.”