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.


2022 Students

Nik Alexopoulos

I was born and raised in Darwin and made the move to Victoria to study at university in 2012. I initially started my career in a corporate job before deciding to go back to university to study medicine. This year I’m in my second last year of my studies, where I’ll be on placement in Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh and Melton. I’m living just around the corner from Springs Medical and as a guy who enjoys the outdoors and hunting, I’m stoked to have tens of thousands of acres of bushland right outside my front doorstep! It’s a far cry from the Melbourne city life that came along with the first 7 years of my university studies. Although, the Victorian bush is different to the Northern Territory’s, I certainly feel at home amidst the clean air, quiet streets and with the ability to actually see the stars at night! Taking a walk around the lake or swimming in it during the colder months are certainly highlights that come with living in Daylesford. As the year progresses I hope to learn from the doctors, nurses and allied health staff at Springs and where possible, leave a positive impression on the community members that trust the Springs team with their health. Who knows… maybe one day I’ll be back in Daylesford as a Springs doctor myself! Special Interests: anaesthetics, musculoskeletal medicine, exercise medicine, mental health, longevity and wellbeing

Robin Jessup

Robin grew up in the Philippines, moved to Australia in 2015 and studied a Bachelor of Nursing at La Trobe University, developing an interest in rural and remote medicine. He wants to pursue a career in General Practice but is also interested in emergency medicine, chronic disease, pain management and paediatrics since he has kids of his own and loves children. Further down the road, he would also like to subspecialise in anaesthetics. Robin is excited to explore Daylesford and the Wombat State Forest as he is an outdoor enthusiast.


2021 Students

Sanelisiwe (Sané) Dube

Sané grew up in Zimbabwe where she attained an Honours degree in Radiography. Sané moved to Australia in 2015 for work and developed an interest in Medicine. Her medical imaging background defaults an inclination to pursue Radiology as a speciality but is still open to finding other interests as she matures in the field of Medicine. Sané has a special interest in women’s health and wellness, especially women in marginalised/underserved communities; access to services and information regarding their physical wellness, sexual health and mental health. Sané enjoys a good workout at the gym, hiking and nature. She is looking forward to learning from the community at Daylesford.

Catrina Sturmburg

Catrina grew up in bushland NSW, surrounded by wildlife, pets, farm animals and brothers. Following highschool she moved to Newcastle to study physiotherapy, a career she enjoyed for many years. Catrina specialised in musculoskeletal and women’s health physiotherapy, which led to an interest in expanding her scope of practice into medicine. She is currently a medical student completing her studies through the Rural Community Clinical School. Catrina is passionate about community living and excited to get to know Daylesford and surrounds. She loves all things outdoors and nature focussed. Special interests:

  • Women’s and children’s health
  • Rural and emergency health

2020 students

Jordan Nathanielsz

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 Lowry

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.


2019 Students

Rory Fairbairn

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.
Special Interests

  • General medicine
  • Infectious disease
  • Sports medicine

Courtney Waugh

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.
Special interests:

  • Mental health
  • Rural and emergency health

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 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

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.



For more information

Deakin University – Rural Community Clinical School