Second-year medical student Louise Manning shares her thoughts on her time based in Shepparton.LOUISE MANNING June 27, 2014 3:30am
Since moving to Shepparton in February this year, myself and 21 other second-year medical students from the University of Melbourne have been delighted by the community, which has wholeheartedly embraced us.
We are a diverse cohort comprising of students from rural and metropolitan backgrounds, including returning Goulburn Valley residents.
Yet community engagement has become a part of everyday life for all of us now living in Shepparton and many feel more integrated here than they ever did when living in Melbourne.
Some students took great interest in this year’s SheppARTon Festival and attended events during the month.
One highlight was Orchestra in the Dookie Hills, where a group of us packed a picnic and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in the sun before heading to a nearby winery for a tasting.
Gyms seem to be getting good business from our stay and we have added our numbers to local netball (Shepparton Bears) and soccer clubs (Shepparton United), and the Goulburn Valley Academy of Ballet.
Also, three of us are involved in the latest production of Shepparton Theatre Arts Group.
Shepparton has similarly provided opportunities for volunteer work and many students have been getting involved with Shepparton English Language Centre for refugees and Smith Family Tutoring for high school students.
On an educational level the great facilities offered by the Rural Clinical School and Goulburn Valley Health have made studying in Shepparton a rewarding experience.
In particular, the clinical skills laboratory next to the specialist consulting suites at GV Health has proven to be an amazing resource.
Here, we are taught important clinical skills, such as basic life support, venipuncture and suturing, and are able to practise emergency simulations before being let loose on the population of Greater Shepparton.
Being placed rurally in Shepparton has provided us with unique learning opportunities.
Our training has been terrific because of the amazing doctors and nurses who teach us and (of equal importance) the friendly community members who are our patients.
We have found that compared with other students learning in metropolitan hospitals, we have had increased access to patients one-on-one, and that country patients are just generally more willing to have a chat and allow us to practise our procedural skills than their metropolitan counterparts (under supervision, of course).
Because we are so passionate about studying in Shepparton, the University of Melbourne’s student-run Rural Health Club, known as Outlook, has produced a publication for future students thinking of coming to GV Health.
It promotes life in Shepparton, detailing what to expect from GV Health, great places to eat, activities to do in town and how to become involved in the local community.
My advice for medical students and doctors considering GV Health? You won’t regret it. Shepparton is a great place to call home.
Two new specialist vehicles and more staff boosts Shepparton firefighting capability.
The talent was truly amazing at this year’s Mulwala Water Ski Club’s Got Talent competition.
A Trevaskis Dve resident had a close call on Wednesday when a pot left on the stove caught fire, sending smoke billowing through the house.
Franky Atkinson has won the Victorian super shear title at the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.
Many Rochester businesses are reviewing security, following a spate of thefts in the area.
If you thought it was cold yesterday morning, you weren’t wrong!
Shane Schottner will break the Seymour club games record when he takes the field against Mooroopna on Saturday.
Despite being scheduled to play at home this Saturday, Finley footballers and netballers will instead make the trip to Blighty.
An area along O’Keefe Rail Trail will be transformed on National Tree Day on Sunday
Cobram Barooga golf side wins a record four consecutive division one titles in a thrilling playoff.
A 15-goal win to CWS was one of the highlights of Deniliquin Netball Association's return round on Saturday.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
Benalla Liberal Party President Tony Schneider confirms his nomination for pre-selection as Liberal candidate for Euroa.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.