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.
Jordan is a medical student completing his studies through Deakin Rural Community Clinical School in 2020. Before studying medicine, Jordan worked in biomedical research at the Royal Children’s Hospital developing a passion for Paediatric Health. Jordan hopes that his volunteer work helping vulnerable groups, particularly less fortunate homeless men will build his understanding, along with personable skills whilst learning from the communities he will one-day serve as a junior medical doctor.
Megan is undertaking her third year of medical studies. Two years ago she escaped the big city and settled in the Geelong region to commence medical studies. An area of interest for Megan’s for a long time has been empowering and educating young people, so alongside her studies, she spent several years helping to run the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra, a summer science immersion program for school leavers.
Rory grew up in the small coastal town of Point Lonsdale, Victoria before moving away to study and work as a medical researcher in Hobart and Melbourne. In 2017, he commenced postgraduate medicine and has joined the Rural Community Clinical School in Daylesford for 2019. Rory enjoys learning all aspects of medicine and is looking forward to immersing himself into the Daylesford community. Whilst here, he hopes to explore the local national parks and see the sights of the Hepburn region.
Courtney was raised on a sheep station in outback NSW and following boarding school moved to the Gold Coast to study forensic science and criminology. Courtney moved to Melbourne in 2015 to work as a policy adviser for the Department of Justice and Regulation before discovering a hidden interest in health and medicine. She is currently a medical student completing her studies through the Rural Community Clinical School.
Courtney has a first-hand understanding of rural health and the challenges faced by smaller communities and is interested in seeing how this is managed in a primary care setting. She enjoys all things outdoors and is excited about immersing herself in the beautiful township of Daylesford.
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.
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.
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.
• Chronic Disease Management
• Preventative Health Care
• Exercise & Nutrition
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.
• Chronic Disease Management
• Nutrition & Dietetics
• Microbiome/Gut Health
Springs Medical was deeply saddened to learn of Damion’s tragic death while cycling to the Anzac Day Road Race, 25th April 2019. Damion was a valued member of the SM team during his 2017 placement. Our deepest condolences are extended to Damion’s family and friends.
Deakin University – Rural Community Clinical School