Red Dirt, Red Blood

Medical students gathered at University of Notre Dame to learn about and work and life in rural WA.

In May, the Medical Student Association of Notre Dame hosted their first event for 2017, ‘Red Dirt, Red Blood’. Medical students gathered in Fremantle to hear from rural practitioners to get a taste for life and variety work in rural WA.

Duncan Wright, a documentary photographer and community development officer, spoke about the town of Warburton, where he currently works. He highlighted some of the struggles of the local people including their lack of access to healthcare and social support.

GP registrar Stephanie Jones spoke on behalf of WAGPET, about her experiences training in Katanning. She talked about Telehealth, a program that supports those who practise in rural communities and lack team assistance.

Associate Professor Angus Turner works as an ophthalmologist with Lions Outback Vision (LOV). He spoke about places he and his team have travelled to, providing ophthalmology services to those who need it most. His wife, Ciere, supports the team by providing them with nutritious traditional meals. At ‘Red Dirt, Red Blood’, attendees were able to enjoy some of Ciere’s cooking, including salt-bush, kangaroo stew and wattleseed damper.

The event was a great success, inspiring students to think about pursuing a career in rural WA. 

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