“Wallawani” In Yuin this translates to ‘welcome, I hope you have had a safe journey’ or ‘goodbye and I wish you a safe journey’. I hope you and your families and all in the community are well and safe.
Firstly I would firstly like to thank Rotary Australia and a special mention to Mr Grahame Uphill and all the members of Forbes Rotary Club who reside on the beautiful Wiradjuri Country for your generosity, support and the lovely thank you card I received earlier this year.
As mentioned in my last update I was looking forward to my critical care rotation. This consisted of blocks in emergency, intensive care, and anaesthetics. So far in my medical journey this has been my most enjoyable term. It has also guided my decision in becoming a Rural Generalist with a sub-speciality in Emergency Medicine. I believe that this will give me the necessary skills to be a competent doctor working in rural/remote regions.
I have a good friend on the south coast who was formerly from Forbes and his father whom I never met was a doctor there, Dr Dent who passed away a few years ago. His widowed wife has long been telling me that when you become a Doctor Chris, you need to go to Forbes to practice, they need people like you out there.
So no promises but you never know. One thing I do know, is that I would feel very welcomed.
The funding that I so gratefully received has helped me pay for my education costs, it has contributed to my accommodation costs, and also to maintaining my car. For this assistance I am very thankful. With the surprise gift in the thank you card, I used the funds to buy some good headphones so the I listen to medical podcasts and some music in my downtime.
I am currently nearing the end of my general medicine rotation which consists of an hour of education every morning followed by ward rounds with the consultant and the rest of the team. I have been fortunate enough to be assigned to a very good renal physician, however unfortunately, most our patients have many comorbidities which is a challenge to manage. This gives me a great learning exposure and really tests my knowledge. I think the profession I have chosen will be one where I will constantly be learning.
Being indigenous, indigenous health and affairs are important to me and I was scheduled to be going to the Northern Territory in a month to work at an Aboriginal Medical Service but with the current state of COVID19 that has now been cancelled and I will now be going to an AMS in Forster. I have a mentor who works at this practice so it will be good to spend some time with him and working in the local indigenous community.
After that my last placement in my medical degree will be in General Practice at Harrington on the mid north coast. I can’t believe that I am nearly finished. In September I find out where I will be placed for the next two years. It will most likely be Wagga Waaga, Orange, Albury, Dubbo, or Tamworth as I am a rural cadet and have to go to one of these sites. I promise to keep you informed on the outcome.
Thank you once again for your support and for not only being an important part of my medical journey but for being a part of my growth and development as a human in this wonderful country.