Students get medical career insight

Year 11 students from Bendigo Senior Secondary College and Catholic College Bendigo are being given an insight into La Trobe University’s vision for a rural medical school.

Health sciences can get under the skin at La Trobe University BendigoThe La Trobe Rural Health School is hosting a senior student health forum and conversation café for up to 30 Bendigo high school students on Tuesday 23 July.

Students will be told about the new bid to host the Murray Darling Medical School, a joint venture between La Trobe and Charles Sturt universities.

They will also speak with lecturers and students involved in current health school courses at the La Trobe Rural Health School including dentistry, physiotherapy and paramedicine.

Students from the two schools will be welcomed by Health School Head Professor Jane Farmer and will hear from Dr Kim Webber, Executive Director of the Murray Darling Medical School.

Dr Webber said she was delighted to be addressing the students.

‘The demand for health practitioners is rapidly growing in rural and regional areas so it’s a great career choice.  Since we launched our proposal for a rural medical school in the region, earlier this year, I have been travelling through much of regional Victoria and southern NSW and have been delighted by the positive response to the proposal.  Students are keen to study medicine and don’t want to be forced to move to Melbourne to do so,’ Dr Webber said.

‘While the proposal is very much a work in progress, it is important to speak with and listen to young school age students who would benefit from the new school.’

Professor Farmer said the Conversation Café session will give students the opportunity to find out for themselves about the myriad of health career choices available to them at La Trobe Rural Health School in Bendigo.

‘La Trobe Rural Health School is a fantastic place to study. Students learn in world class facilities and enjoy the benefits of smaller class sizes. So often we hear from our current and former students that they love getting to know their lecturers by name and having easier access to them when they need it’ said Professor Farmer.

‘Our innovative courses, highly qualified lecturers and research projects rate amongst the best in Australia. This session will allow our guests the opportunity to find out all about the possibilities open to them at their local university.

‘They will also see for themselves the state of the art facilities that our students enjoy.’


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