Last month a plucky crew of ANU Rural Medical Student Society (ARMS) first year medical students set out for a village 10km east of Cowra, to the Woodstock show, meeting up with Year 3 Rural Stream students to run health checks.
The commute to Woodstock from Canberra was over a couple of hours and showcased premier grazing country with recently high rainfall and blossoming trees, boasting a seasonal majesty of the region!
The Woodstock Show was a jovial confluence of agricultural produce (such as wool classing, vegetable exhibits and equine competitions) alongside rural subcultures (woodcutting, tractor pulling and ute shows) all adding to the enjoyable scene. The pet stall with adorable labradoodle puppies for sale had many ARMS members contemplating the logistics of owning a pup while renting!
Many show goers queued to have their blood pressure taken, with most happy to chat about health, medicine and life in the area. It was also a good opportunity to interact with students from senior years.
The day was a glowing success. We are looking forward to more upcoming rural shows this year.
Article by Lachlan Campbell, Year 1