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Babinda

Distance from TSV

3-4 hrs

Things to do in Babinda

Student Review

Babinda is a very small hospital, and you spend the majority of your time in the general practice part of things. This can get boring after a while. Unfortunately because it is so close to Cairns and Innisfail, which are much bigger centres, the hospital is mainly used as a temporary facility for elderly patients who are waiting for spots in nursing homes.
However this can be used as a great learning experience as they all have lots of health problems you can learn from!
Anon.
MBBS III, 2016

Placement Experience

  1. GP
  2. Gen med

Ward rounds, suturing, venesection, cannulation, cleaning out ears (for wax), punch biopsy, shave biopsy, excisional biopsy.

In 2012 (unsure if accommodation set up is still the same) the accommodation was arranged through JCU. It involved staying in the house of a local paramedic. It was a small house, you had your own bedroom and shared the bathroom and kitchen with the house owner and other medical student on placement.

The facilities were very basic – I think there was internet access. No pool. No gym. The basic necessities. Shared living area with a TV.

I only stayed at this accommodation for one week before staying with family friends in nearby Innisfail. If I had a choice, I would not choose to stay in this accommodation.

The staff were great – the doctors who worked there were a combination of full time and locum doctors. They were all very happy to have us sit in on GP consultations, and proactive with getting us involved.

The practice nurse was very helpful with clinical skills and organised suturing for us with pig trotters. As a second year student this was fantastic!

There is actually a lot to do in this area, and it is close to both Cairns and Innisfail! Highlights include: Babinda Boulders, Josephine Falls, Bramston Beach, Cairns and local attractions.

Nothing! JCU provides a travel subsidy, and the accommodation (from memory) was not charged for. Just need to pay for normal living expenses (ie food).

Attractions around the area. Being able to perform some clinical skills such as suturing – the patients were generally very happy to be interacting with a student.

Teaching

4/5

Experience Overall

3/5

Bowen

Distance from TSV

2-3 hrs

Things to do in Bowen

Student Review

"Be Proactive!"
Anon.
MBBS III, 2016

Placement Experience

GP, emergency.

Cannulation, taking blood, history taking, examinations.

Accommodation is 1 min walk to beach, 5 min walk to Woolworths, close to cafes, 10 min drive to hospital. Swimming pool available.

The staff are all approachable and available. Doctors were really engaging and asked lots of questions.

Superboats, Bowen Show, other beaches besides the one close by, markets (down the road from accommodation), Airlie Beach.

$600 (including food and petrol).

Getting to see how transferring patients to tertiary hospitals works from a rural town, seeing medical emergencies get treated in a rural setting.

Teaching

2/5

Experience Overall

3/5

Charleville

Distance from TSV

11-12 hrs

Things to do in Charleville

Student Review

'Insert a great piece about how the student had a fantastic time and got to do so much more than they expected etc. etc.'
John Doe
MBBS III, 2016

Placement Experience

GP, Theatre, ED, Radiology, Medical Ward, OBGYN

Measuring blood glucose, history taking, cannula insertion, ECG, blood collection, ward rounds everyday with 
the doctors , discharge summaries , telemedicine, giving injections , plaster foot and leg/arm/hand, pap smears, examine x-rays, triage, wound care , packing wound, CPR, manual disimpaction, removal of stitches, eye examination , taking patients history on their 
presenting compliant, doctors plan and entering the information EDIS and Medical Director, urine dipstick, HCG tests, neuro exams, mortality & morbidity meetings with doctors, assisting in theatre.

Nursing courters, nice and clean, shared bathroom and kitchen (might not always be clean). Accommodation free. WIFI available and free at accommodation site. 24 hour gym in Charleville, no Cinema.

8-5 pm and sometimes evenings

90% of the staff was approachable. Show that you are a keen student and willing to help out. There are no permanent doctors there but nurses are permenant and they are great. The doctors are very keen to share their knowledge and I only encountered one visiting specialist doctor that I thought was non-approachable.

There is heaps to do and see. Social night was 2/3 times a week. Movies at the doc place, pub or just community events. Charleville has great history, so I did a lot of sightseeing and visiting the Cosmos centre is a must!!

Flight are around $700 but gets reimbursed. Accommodation is free.

Everything! Clinical experience, social life and sight seeing.

Teaching

4/5

Experience Overall

5/5

Dysart

Distance from TSV: 6 hrs
6 hours

Placement Experience

GP, Paediatrics, Ob/Gyn, Mental Health, Anaesthetics

Cannulation, venipuncture, suturing, history taking, immunisation, urinalysis, miner medical testing, baby checks, bandaging, minor procedures (biopsy, nail removal, small excision), home visits.

Accommodation was provided. We stayed in a fully furnished, modern, 3 bedroom house, which was located on the same block as the hospital, and was directly around the corner from the GP. A supermarket was located directly across from the hospital. The town also had a library, bowls club (which also had a full kitchen and provided excellent meals), swimming pool, entertainment hall, and several places of worship. Everything is within easy walking distance.

Dysart is a small community so the only ethical issues that arose were being aware of patient confidentiality. I did not face any cultural or safety issues.

The staff were all incredibly helpful and willing to teach. Medical staff are limited in Dysart so students are valued as part of the workforce by staff and community members alike.

The Bowls Club was a great place for dinner and socialising. There was also a mining camp in the town, which we had the opportunity to visit, and was incredibly interesting. We attended many social events that were hosted by the schools in Dysart.

$200 (mainly spent on food and travel, accommodation was free)

The clinical experience was second to none. Staff and members of the community were incredibly welcoming and made the entire placement a very enjoyable and educational experience.

Teaching
5/5
Experience Overall
5/5

Ingham

Teaching
5/5
Experience Overall
5/5

Placement Experience (Hospital)

GP, emergency, med wards

Hospital: emergency (suturing, vital signs, venepuncture, cannulation, catheterisation, history taking, X-rays, ECG, medication admin, putting on and removing plaster casts), community midwife consultations, day surgery (endoscopy and gastroscopy), ward rounds, mental health consultations, Aboriginal Health Worker consultations, telehealth consultations (oncology, obstetrics)
GP clinics: mostly observing consultations, but some opportunities for assisting/performing examinations such as vital signs, ear/eye exams, breast exams, pap smears, skin excisions.

Accomodation is a couple of flats with 2 students per flat. Each flat has 2 bedrooms, lounge room with TV and couch, bathroom, kitchen, balcony. Flats are upstairs, with undercover parking beneath. Fairly old and a bit grubby, but has all the basics. Not many kitchen utensils etc. No pool/gym etc. Literally a 2 minute walk from the hospital, although a car is useful for one of the GP clinics (Ingham Family Medical) as its a bit of a walk.

Helpful as long as you ask questions and appear interested.

Not much ‘night-life’. We had dinner at one of the GP’s houses, dinner at the Tyto restaurant with the other medical students, and met up at the pub with the interns and medical students. There are a lot of nice camping spots around the area, Wallaman Falls is definitely worth a visit, the Tyto wetlands is nice for walks and bird watching.

About $500 for accommodation

Just spending time with the GPs. I particularly enjoyed looking at the CT scans as we took them as there is a CT machine on site. Also the road trip was a lot of fun. And the patients were all so friendly to interact with.

Placement Experience (GP)

GP, radiology, opthalmology

History taking, suturing, using a retinal photography machine, taking CT scans, dressings, injections

The accomodation was really good, large living area and kitchen. Rooms were really nice too. There was a backyard, and a gym and pool nearby. The accomodation is with other med students so was quite rewarding spending time with peers.

9am – 5pm weekdays

The staff were incredibly friendly and close. Very approachable and invited me to events and dinners.

I went on a road trip with my GP up to Innisfail seeing the sights along the way. There’s a scenic home near Ingham too. And there are a few beaches nearby worth spending the day at. There are several pubs to eat at and socialise in too.

$100

Just spending time with the GPs. I particularly enjoyed looking at the CT scans as we took them as there is a CT machine on site. Also the road trip was a lot of fun. And the patients were all so friendly to interact with.

New South Wales