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Mayor welcomes UNSW medical students to Griffith

GRIFFITH, 6 March 2015 – the Mayor of Griffith, Mr John Dal Broi, welcomed six new UNSW medical students to Griffith last Friday. The mayor gave students a glimpse of life in Griffith, from its appealing food and culture to its striking scenery.

In 2015, the medical students, who will be spending their third year studying at the UNSW Rural Clinical School’s (RCS) Griffith campus, will gain an insight into rural and Indigenous healthcare as they undertake their rotations at Griffith Base Hospital and out in the community. Located opposite the hospital the RCS Griffith campus offers students cutting-edge medical teaching facilities.

"The Rural Clinical School campus in Griffith runs a valuable program and is a great addition to our city,” Mayor Dal Broi said. “The program exposes medical students to life in a regional setting. Hopefully once the students see how great life is here they’ll want to return and practise as doctors, bolstering healthcare in Griffith and surrounding areas.”

“We’re really excited that four of the students requested to come to Griffith based on the positive feedback they received from previous Griffith students,” said Head of the RCS Griffith campus, Dr Damien Limberger.

“It’s also great timing for the students,” Dr Limberger said. “Students will have access to a state-of-the-art life size virtual anatomy dissection table, for the first time.

“This will allow students to learn clinical anatomy on site without having to travel back to Sydney campus as they did in the past, which is a game-changer as far as medical training in regional and rural areas goes.”

“Being in a community that allows us to be highly involved in the health care system will enhance my training, especially in the areas of rural and Indigenous healthcare,” said Ms Anna Akon, one of the medical students studying at the UNSW Griffith campus.

“I can't believe how nice all the people are. It’s so welcoming to come into a community that genuinely cares about you and is happy to help you,” Ms Akon said.

After lunch, the mayor took students on a tour of Griffith's tourist hotspots including the Catania Fruit Salad Farm, the lookout, Lake Wyangan, and Riverina Grove where they got to sample tasty local fare such as olives, tapenades, oils, sweets and sauces.