Med students study rural health
IF you are visiting our region’s hospitals or some GPS you may come in contact with some visiting medical students.
New medical students started this week with the North Coast Medical Education Collaboration (NCMEC).
The NCMEC is a collaboration of University of Sydney, University of Wollongong and University of Western Sydney which is working towards harnessing the excellent clinical skills and diversity of medicine available in the area.
NCMEC with the assistance of the North Coast Area Health Services (NCAHS) and Area General Practitioners of the Tweed, Brunswick, Richmond & Clarence Valleys this year will host 45 fulltime senior medical students for 12 months of their training in the Murwillumbah, Brunswick, Mullumbimby, Byron Bay, Bangalow, Casino, Lismore, Goonellabah, Lennox Head, Maclean, Woolgoolga and Grafton areas.
During their stay in the area the students complete their clinical training and receive specific education on rural and remote public health, the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork and, with the support of the local Aboriginal community undertake a cultural awareness program.