It has been a year since training facilities at Bega and Cooma were opened to rural stream medical students. In a continuing partnership with the University of Canberra, similar training facilities will open for ANU medical students in the town of Moruya, near Bateman’s Bay.
“The state-of-the art facilities in Bega and Cooma have elevated student education to the next level, offering a range of technology, equipment and simulation room experiences that enhance learning, against the beautiful back-drop of rural living,” Professor Amanda Barnard, Associate Dean Rural and Indigenous Health, and Head, Rural Clinical School remarked.
“Living and studying in Bega has been the best year of my medical training,” said Ms Fiona Lewis a third year student. “The facility, built next door to the Bega hospital and overlooking the Bega river, has made my training as good as I think it can get.”
Like the Bega and Cooma facilities, the Moruya training site will be utilised for teaching sessions such as in-person or online lectures, case based learning classes and clinical skills training.
“The simulation room at Bega is set-up to mimic a hospital room, fully stocked with hospital supplies. It’s accessible to students 24/7 allowing the opportunity to practice outside of teaching hours – something I’ don’t think is readily available to urban based students,” Ms Lewis noted.
“We also have access to brand new simulation patients. These dummies allow practice of catheter insertions, prostate and cervical exams, arterial blood gas, venepuncture and cannulation. There’s even simulation babies for paediatric scenarios,” Ms Lewis enthusiastically explained.
Ms Katie Chapman, a Cooma based third year student said, “The way the facility has been set-up is conducive to learning. The centrally placed tables, the natural light from the large windows, the large TV screen and whiteboard are all great for collaborative learning.
“I’m sure the Moruya based students will appreciate their new space as much as I’ve enjoyed the space in Cooma.”
Ms Chapman observed, “Being rural has highlighted the incredible knowledge and skills that rural doctors and nurses have. It’s demonstrated to me how adaptable they are, and how encouraging and willing they are to invest in students. The training facility was the cherry on the cake of a wonderful experience.”