Introduction

Visionary leader, highly respected teacher, healer, mentor, tireless advocate and champion of Rural Health, Dr Pat Farry was unmatched in his efforts and contribution to Rural Medicine and General Practice education. His vision of sustainable and quality health services for rural communities and small towns of New Zealand was through education. He devoted much of his career to advocating and lobbying for improvements and funding for rural medicine. The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust was established in March 2010, with the purpose of continuing this legacy. › Continue reading…

A roundup of my first week in Bairnsdale by Gracie Souter

This week has been a mixture of medicine, culture, sight-seeing, socializing and lots of eating; everything anyone could ever want out of a rural medical cultural exchange. My clinical timetable this week was a mixture of Emergency Department, time in theatre and one and a half days spent at the GEGAC (gee-jack, a.k.a. Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative) and then I spent Friday with the students in their tutorials. › Continue reading…

Sale, Week One by Natalie Ron

I almost didn’t make it to Sale on the train. I thought I was doing so well navigating the local transport until I missed my bus. After 3 hours in the train, I got off expecting to transfer to another train. I waited and waited. I thought the next train was to depart at 4.15pm. At 4.20 I realised there was no train and I was meant to have taken the bus. Lucky for me, there were too many passengers traveling to Sale and they had to call a taxi that the railway line was paying for. This worked in my favour, as I had missed that bus, and the next one was 4 hours away. › Continue reading…

First week in the Wild West! (Kagoorlie, WA) by Meaghan Kelly

It’s been a whirlwind, not-quite-over-yet, first week in Kalgoorlie. I arrived on Saturday night, expecting that I would have a day to check out what the town had to offer. Little did I know that in Australia, everything is shut down on Sunday, so I was forced to appreciate some buildings from outside instead. › Continue reading…

After a jam-packed, whirlwind four days in Melbourne city, seeing the sights, drinking lots of coffees, exploring the multiple hidden lane-way bars and catching up with old friends and family, I was well ready for a retreat back to rural life. › Continue reading…

Blog 8: Reflections by Rebecca Craw

The last three months of my life have been an absolute whirlwind of adventure. When organizing my elective I wanted to choose placements that would expand my medical knowledge and improve my clinical skills, but most of all challenge me. The Falkland Islands and Nepal fulfilled those requirements perfectly. › Continue reading…

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