Digs in the dust

Tuesday 15 November 2011

ANU medical students now have a place to call home while they are working in the remote Australian outback, with the opening of a new residence in the Northern Territory.

Located in Yuendumu, a remote Indigenous community 295 kilometres northwest of Alice Springs, on the edge of the Tanami Desert, the new facility will accommodate ANU medical students completing remote clinical placements.

The four-bedroom fully-furnished house and attached one-bedroom supervisor’s unit will also be home to allied health students from other Australian universities and junior doctors in training as well as a clinician who will supervise students.

Associate Dean of the School of General Practice, Rural and Indigenous Health, Professor Amanda Barnard, said the residence will also give students access to important hands-on experience as well as contribute directly to the health care of the local community.

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