PLACEMENT STARTS: Medical students boost Colac health sector

From left, Alice Torpy, Vanessa Roberts and Annie McClennon are looking forward to embracing Colac’s rural medical scene during their year-long placement within the community.

From left, Alice Torpy, Vanessa Roberts and Annie McClennon are looking forward to embracing Colac’s rural medical scene during their year-long placement within the community.

THREE medical students will call Colac home as they embark on a yearlong medical placement within the community.

Third-year Deakin University students Annie McClennon, Alice Torpy and Vanessa Roberts will become part of Colac Hospital’s, Corangamite Clinic’s and Otway Medical Clinic’s teams.

The aspiring doctors will consult with clients and performing medical procedures under supervision to fulfil the practical learning requirements of their course, while becoming part of Colac’s community.

Ms McClennon said she chose to take part in the rural placement program to experience the hands- on opportunities that arose at the clinic and hospital.

Ms McClennon said she was looking forward to “following people’s journeys” during her placement and “feeling part of the community”.

“It’s a really friendly town, everyone talks to you and says hello and everyone remembers you, which is really bizarre coming from the city,” she said.

Ms Roberts said she had always been interested in working within a rural community and that she hadn’t ruled out Colac as a place to practise after she graduated.

“After being here a week, I’ve definitely had some good feelings about it, it’s hard to say at this point; it’s kind of definitely the size I like, so we’ll see,” Ms Roberts said.

She said she was interested in exploring women’s health and mental health during her placement.

“I’d really like to become involved in the community outside the medical sphere, I’m quite a keen netballer, so I’m hoping to join a team or a club for the year,” Ms Roberts said.

Ms Torpy said that she had lived at Geelong for the past six years and found Colac to be a “very welcome change”.

Ms Torpy said that she was looking forward to practical learning and seeing patients “instead of reading about them in textbooks”.

“It will be very exciting, putting all the things we’ve learnt in the past few years into practise,” she said.

Ms Torpy said that she was looking forward to the one-on-one mentoring, developing and improving her clinical skills and “getting to know what rural practise is all about”.

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