Roma Clinical Skills Weekend

On the 3rd – 5th August, approximately 30 students from nursing, biomedical science, exercise science and first year medicine had the opportunity to participate in a Roma Clinical Skills Weekend.

While in Roma, students visited Roma Hospital to learn techniques of suturing, birthing, defibrillation and cannulation. The doctors were very welcoming and discussed the benefits of practicing rural medicine. After meeting a flying obstetrician, the opportunities seemed endless!

A session with CareFlight also highlighted the importance of medical retrieval services in rural areas. Finally, clinical skill workshops with Queensland Rural Medical Education (QRME) gave students the opportunity to practice nasal gastric tube insertions, ECG rhythm interpretation, spinal immobilisation and diagnostic fundoscopy and otoscopy.

Over the course of the weekend, students were able to network with the local doctors, council members and other medical students to discuss the need for rural health promotion.

The weekend was in line with the aim of increasing the involvement of allied health in HOPE4HEALTH and proved to be a beneficial experience for all students involved.