A one in a million John Flynn placement on Christmas Island

 The Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) on Christmas Island.

The Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) on Christmas Island.

I cannot wait to return to Christmas Island in the future as a medical practitioner myself.

Rebecca undertook her JFPP placement on Christmas Island, which is located four hours from Perth by plane. The Island is home to 1,500 people.

Her placement took place at the Indian Ocean Territories Health Service (IOTHS) with a Senior Medical Officer, who is renowned amongst medical students and staff for her breadth of clinical experience, knowledge, passion for teaching, hospitality and generosity! Rebecca said "I felt like a valued team member from day one."

The hospital itself is modern and well equipped with 8 inpatient beds, two resuscitation bays and a busy general practice. A continuous turnover of visiting specialists means one-on-one experience is available for students with radiographers, paediatricians, ophthalmologists, speech pathologists, dieticians, psychiatrists and many more! An added perk was that only one student at a time is encouraged, which leads  to greater access to patients and staff. "The most valuable learning I received during my time was from the enormously experienced remote area general practitioners, both resident and locums."

While undertaking her placement on Christmas Island, her mentor, who was also her host,  ensured she was introduced to everyone! "I attended their social dinners, Christmas community celebrations, going-away events for locals and group hiking expeditions."

"I cannot wait to return to Christmas Island in the future as a medical practitioner myself and hope I can be as warm and welcoming as everyone I have met here. This truly is a one in a million placement and the opportunity of a lifetime, particularly for students who are passionate about remote health, the outdoors and practical medicine."

- Rebecca Hibbert, JFPP Scholar

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