Dozen doctors in Mid West for rural medical training

Peter SweeneyGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton’s new group of training doctors. Ellen Hockley, Lauren Masi, Meghan Gledhill, Nishani Jayawardena, Alana Thompson, Anais Rosher, Sara Catto, Erin Lancaster, Nishita Rao, Jess Kendall and Cameron McAlpine. Absent: Josh Briotti.
Camera IconGeraldton’s new group of training doctors. Ellen Hockley, Lauren Masi, Meghan Gledhill, Nishani Jayawardena, Alana Thompson, Anais Rosher, Sara Catto, Erin Lancaster, Nishita Rao, Jess Kendall and Cameron McAlpine. Absent: Josh Briotti. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography.

They have been dubbed “The Dozen Doctors” — but we cannot prove it as one was missing for the inaugural photograph.

Josh Briotti, from South Perth, was nowhere to be found, but as they say in the classics, the show must go on.

And it did for Ellen Hockley (Northern Ireland), Cameron McAlpine (Buntine), Lauren Masi (Broome), Jess Kendall (Geraldton), Meghan Gledhill (Dunsborough/Merredin), Nishita Rao (India/Malaysia), Nishani Jayawardena (Armadale), Erin Lancaster (Geraldton), Alana Thompson (Manjimup), Sara Catto (Morawa/Toodyay) and Anais Rosher (Dunsborough).

You are looking at the new cohort of 12, well 11 anyhow, Rural Clinical School medical students.

They will be placed at the Geraldton Health Campus and GP practices around the city and surrounding areas over the next year.

The 12 will be provided one-on-one supervision by eight medical co-ordinators — headed by Dr Martin Lee.

They will also be given experience in “hands-on” training, covering many aspects of the health service.

“We are in the third year of a four-year course in medicine,” Ms Gledhill said.

“All of us have a big interest in rural health.”

Locals Ms Kendall and Ms Lancaster said it was great to be back in Geraldton and to be “able to give back to the community we grew up in.”

“I’m stoked to be home with Mum and Dad so they can feed me and do my washing,” Ms Kendall joked.

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