Reassuring to see success of rural medical placements

It is great to see eight fresh faces in our community again this year as students from Adelaide University have arrived to learn from our local doctors and medical staff while on rural placement (Page 3).

The students are all in their fifth year, and seemed enthusiastic about getting "hands-on".

What was even better to hear straight from the students themselves was that they preferred the idea of a rural placement because of the diverse nature of the work they are doing, and that local GPs were keen for them to learn and took the time to teach them.

When chatting with students it was interesting to hear that while some of them were originally from a country area, they weren't aware of the medical workforce shortage issues the Eyre Peninsula and West Coast are experiencing.

It is worrying to think that our issues are not being heard by the wider South Australian public, and even the upcoming doctors, nurses and midwives that we so desperately need in our local clinics and hospitals.

Nevertheless the students were eager to get on with the job and certainly showed concern about the Ceduna birthing services and the need for more doctors on the Eyre Peninsula.

Adelaide Rural Clinical School director Dr Lucie Walters said that 20 per cent of those participating in the rural placement program go on to provide much needed care to rural South Australia.

Hopefully with all the drawcards places like Port Lincoln have to offer, with beautiful landscape and supportive communities, that number continues to grow.