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GRIFFITH'S latest state-of-the-art medical teaching facility was officially opened on Wednesday as part of a bid to attract young doctors to the bush. UNSW's fifth rural clinical school was opened to great fanfare and inspiring speeches.
 
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First year RCS student, Andrea Wendt, has received Albury Council’s Medical Scholarship, to help pay her fees at UNSW. Discover more about her story.
 
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CARROLL local and first year RCS student, Jean Littlewood, knows about the challenges a small country town faces getting quality healthcare, and wants to make a difference. She tells us her story.
 
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Like ancient Roman centurions, Wagga's RCS students reigned supreme at the Chariots for Charity event, snapping up first prize.
 
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UNSW’s Rural Clinical School Griffith campus students will spend one year of their medical degree in Griffith. 
 
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Currently the AIDA Student Representative for UNSW, and Pre-Medicine alumni, Mr Guy Dennis opens up and shares some of his personal thoughts and inspirations behind studying medicine.
 
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First year UNSW medicine student Russell has always dreamed of being a doctor. He has just started studying medicine at UNSW, and hopes that one day he can spend time working in Indigenous healthcare. Russell took some time out to tell us his story.

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Chariots gearing up for charitable contest

THE Wagga Base Hospital Maternity and Children's Ward has been named as the beneficiary of this year's edition of the Lions Chariots for Charity race day, to be held on April 27.

Each year, the event turns Baylis Street into a scene from ancient Rome with teams racing each other down the street to help raise money for a worthy cause in the city.

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RCS Medical Graduates Start Rural Careers

Two former Blayney residents, school students and first cousins Bonnie McRae, 24, and Chris McRae, 23, graduated on 6 December from UNSW with degrees in Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine.

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New Program Injects Border with Interns

Chris McRae, a student at the University of NSW clinical school for two years, jumped at the chance to stay in Albury, and take part in a new program that injects more medical interns into the regional city.

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RCS Graduate with three degrees

Former Taree High School student Jack Heron has just finished six years of university.

The 24-year-old graduated from the University of New South Wales, receiving three degrees that included two distinctions and one honours.

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Groundbreaking event at joint health education site

THE SOD has been ceremoniously turned for the construction of the joint health education building in Highfields Circuit. Port News reported in March the plans for the $20 million federally funded facility included two major lecture facilities, laboratories, a simulations suite, tutorial rooms, a clinical skills ward, and a scenario room. UNSW will be the leading partner in the running of this new facility.

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A Country Practice for a Country Boy

Born in Geelong, Victoria and raised in Cootamundra, NSW, Shaun Foster is a true country boy who has always dreamed of being a doctor. After spending the three final years of his medical degree studying at UNSW’s Rural Clinical School in Wagga Wagga, he’s achieved that dream. He now works at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital and plans to stay in the country to work as a doctor. Shaun takes some time out to chat about why he relishes country life.

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Medical Students Praised

WAGGA - AN AWARDS evening for students from the UNSW Rural Clinical School was held in Wagga on Thursday night, which recognised their outstanding achievements over the course of the year.

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Former UNSW Student Overcomes Odds to Become Doctor in Wagga

Born in Fiji and raised in Darwin, Maya Eamus was aware of Indigenous and complex healthcare issues from an early age. As a young girl she often saw people from marginalised communities struggling to get access to healthcare, and dreamed of being a doctor so she could help. In 2010, Maya joined the UNSW Rural Clinical School at Wagga Wagga to pursue her dream. But her journey was difficult at times, and with her husband and two young kids, she worked hard juggling her family commitments, medical studies and part-time work. Maya tells us her story.

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David named top registrar

A MID-North Coast doctor and lecturer at the University of NSW has been named the General Practice Education and Training (GPET) Registrar of the Year. Dr David Chessor lives in Port Macquarie but is based in Kempsey and works at the Durri Aboriginal Corporation Medical Service. He is also charged with teaching students and junior doctors as a lecturer in various education programs.

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Second Vine earns medal

AFTER leaving school Peter Vine was interested in both medicine and education. Later in life he was able to combine the two. Today Dr Vine finds himself honoured with the medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service in both these fields. The head of campus at the University of NSW Rural Clinical School in Albury considers the award a combined effort. “There were a lot of people who made (this school) happen,” he said.

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Answer to rural GP shortage local interns

RESIDENTS of regional towns and rural areas may find it hard to believe Australia is close to resolving its shortage of doctors. But in the past decade a range of initiatives has helped us double the number of medical graduates and the supply of doctors should come close to meeting demand in the next year or so.

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Med students find local placements

LOCAL businesses, community groups and the University of NSW Rural Clinical School have come together to offer practical placements to rural medical students. The Year 4 medical students are currently studying the Society and Health component of their course, which is broken into eight weeks of study based on screening and prevention, drugs and violence, mental health and wellbeing, environmental health, evidence-based public health, cross-cultural and indigenous health, occupational health and global health.

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Opened with flair

SIMPLY cutting a ribbon was considered too boring for the opening of new extensions at Coffs Harbour's Rural Clinical School. Duty Senator for Cowper Matt Thistlethwaite was asked to do the honours on Thursday but this event was marked with a touch more flair. The senator was asked in true medical fashion to first disinfect his hands then put on the rubber gloves before completing the procedure. At this point he was joined by fifth-year University of NSW medical student Erica Sanderson to draw back the surgical gown to reveal the plaque and declare the $2.2 million upgrade officially open.

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Training centre coup for local healthcare

GRIFFITH is on the brink of becoming a significant medical hub after another prestigious university announced it would establish a training school in the city. The University of NSW (UNSW) Rural Clinical School is one of a raft of new medical facilities earmarked for the city and will operate in addition to a University of Wollongong training centre at the Griffith Community Private Hospital.

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UNSW-Trained Doctors Keeping Wagga Wagga and Rural Australia Healthy

Sixth year students from UNSW’s Rural Clinical School completed their final exams earlier this week at the School’s Wagga Wagga campus. Most of these students plan to stay on and practise medicine either in Wagga Wagga, or in other parts of regional and rural Australia.

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