Our Medical Students

As part of the Government initiative to train more doctors in rural environments, the Rural Community Clinical School at Deakin University implemented a program that offers students in their 3rd year of a postgraduate Medicine course a placement for 12 months at a rural practice. Springs Medical have provided this unique training opportunity to two medical students each year since 2010.

These students see patients in parallel with the doctor. This means the students see the patient first to get hands-on experience. The patient then sees the supervising doctor with the student to round off the learning and ensure appropriate care for the patient.


Meet this year’s 2018 Students

Tamara Anders

Tamara, originally from Melbourne, completed a Biomedicine degree with a Language Diploma in German. She is now a third year medical student who began her clinical years in the Rural Community Clinical School here in Daylesford in 2018.
After having volunteered in refugee educational development she has developed a specific interest in both refugee health and health literacy as well as women's health. That being said, she tends to find any new topic she explores just as riveting. Tamara looks forward to everything medical and beyond that Daylesford has to offer.

Special Interests

  • Women's Health
  • Refugee Health 


Sarah Laing

Sarah comes from South Australia where she completed a degree in Biomedical Science before relocating to Victoria for her medical studies. After two years of exploring Geelong she has joined the Rural Community Clinical School in Daylesford for 2018 where she looks forward to being a part of the Springs Medical Team.
Sarah is interested in pursuing a career in General Practice and has a particular interest in the challenges and joys that working in a rural community can deliver. Whilst in Daylesford she hopes to make the most of the walking tracks and to grow to be a part of the community.

Special Interests

  • Preventative Health Care
  • Women's Health
  • Public Health Medicine


2017 Year students

Sara Dohrmann

Sara is originally from Warrnambool, where she worked for Telstra before relocating to Melbourne to study Biomedical Science. In 2015 she commenced postgraduate medical studies and is now with the RCCS in Daylesford for 2017.

Sara has an interest in the management of diabetes and other chronic diseases, but enjoys learning about all things medicine. She is looking forward to living in a rural area again and exploring the local walking tracks.

Special Interests

• Chronic Disease Management
• Preventative Health Care
• Exercise & Nutrition

Damion Drapac

Originally from Melbourne, Damion completed a degree in Nutrition and Dietetics at Monash University. Damion is now in his third year of studying medicine at Deakin University. He has a great deal to take in this year and is interested in all things medical.

Damion enjoys keeping fit and healthy, whilst encouraging others to do the same. He is looking forward to spending the year at Springs Medical Centre and enjoying all that Daylesford has to offer.

Special Interests

• Chronic Disease Management
• Nutrition & Dietetics
• Microbiome/Gut Health

For more information

Deakin University – Rural Community Clinical School