City medical students get a taste of Banana Shire life
TWENTY-NINE city-based university students training to be doctors, nurses and allied health professionals were welcomed back to the Banana Shire last weekend, as part of a program aimed at fixing rural Queensland's health skills shortage.
GROW Rural, a program hosted by Health Workforce Queensland, saw the 29 students visit Woorabinda, Baralaba, Theodore, Moura and Biloela over three days.
Each town had something different to offer, with the students learning to milk a cow and crack a whip in Baralaba, before going to Moura to test people's blood pressure and glucose levels.
They attended a networking dinner with politicians and health professionals in Biloela, and took part in an emergency services and "teddy-bear hospital" challenge with Dr Bruce Chater at Theodore.
Health Workforce Queensland chief executive Chris Mitchell said the GROW Rural program was "like no other rural immersion experience".
"Being a rural health professional is not just about the service you provide and the health facility you work at, but the community you create a life in," he said.
"Ultimately, GROW Rural shows students the lifestyle they could have.
"We hope this encourages them to pursue a rural career down the track."
The same students will return to CQ next year.