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Two weeks of bush medicine prescribed for student

The Rotary Club of West Wyalong was once again pleased to be asked to facilitate accommodation for a medical student as part of the John Flynn Placement Program, an initiative of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).

Manoshi Perera joined Dr Waili and Dr Matrook at the West Wyalong Medical Centre for two weeks, hosted by Patrick and Annabel Cleary.

The John Flynn Placement program sees 300 medical students placed in a rural medical practice for two weeks each year for a duration of three or four years.

ACRRM aims to link students to a local person or organisation in their community to assist with social and cultural experiences.

This is especially important when students first arrive and are unfamiliar with the local area as it helps them to feel part of the community.

The combination of a clinical and social experience that students, mentors and communities encounter on the program make the JFPP a success, and results in some students returning to the community post-program to work in the region.

Manoshi is a fourth year, medical student at UNSW in Sydney.

During her two week placement she spent time with the West Wyalong Community Health nurses, the Paramedic team and West Wyalong Pharmacy as well as shadowing Dr Waili or Dr Matrook during their rounds at the Hospital.

As well as the medical side of rural life, she also experienced some leisure time taking in her first Rugby Union game at Wagga with the Cleary family and attending the first Rotary meeting of 2015 and a social evening at a local restaurant.

Manoshi thoroughly enjoyed her time in West Wyalong and thanked Drs Waili and Matrook, as well as Rotary, for making her so welcome.

She appreciated the hospitality and experience of a country medical practice.

Originally published in the West Wyalong Advocate.