Starting their 10-week internships in the Hervey Bay Hospital medical ward are Matthew Gilmore and Belinda Oddy.
Starting their 10-week internships in the Hervey Bay Hospital medical ward are Matthew Gilmore and Belinda Oddy. DANIEL TWEED

Young doctors here to work

A NOBLE profession it certainly is; looking after society’s frail and ill, rushing to emergencies and comforting distressed families.

After years of dedicated study, it is now down to the most intense practical experience Belinda Oddy and Matthew Gilmore have been put through. And they have at least three years of it.

Today is just day five of the medical interns’ first round of hospital rotations but they could very well be the future faces of medicine in Hervey Bay.

They will spend 10 weeks at Hervey Bay Hospital and already like what they see.

Matthew describes the Fraser Coast as “wonderful” and has even gone as far as saying he might request returning for rotation every year.

“It’s good to actually walk around the hospital and know the clinicians’ names rather than be one of many, many people,” he said.

Belinda was just as impressed: “I was born in Mackay so I don’t have a problem being in regional areas and I’ve loved Hervey Bay so far.”

Matthew and Belinda are two of four interns who started their secondment from Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital this week. Once their 10 weeks is up they can either request to have another placement on the Fraser Coast or will move on to another region, to be replaced by four new interns.

During their time here they will be under the leadership of Wide Bay and Fraser Coast Director of Medical Services Tim Smart.

“One of the advantages we like to think is for them to get the experience to obviously learn to like regional medicine so when they are specialised they will come back,” Dr Smart said.

“From our point of view these are the young people who are going to become our next medical officers. The value from our point of view is that if they are exposed to regional medicine and they like it, they like the lifestyle as well, then hopefully we’ll get them back as specialists.”

Although it is only early, Matthew is already eyeing off surgery while Belinda is interested in obstetrics. Despite the heavy scrutiny the pair will come under during their placement they remain confident in their training and ability to cope.

“I think what appeals to me about medicine is that it’s a profession that firstly is a very noble one and secondly that you can actually make a positive difference in someone’s life,” Matthew said.



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