Rockhampton Hospital Welcomes JFPP Students

ED SMO Dr Ajay Chipiri and Eiryn Twidale with the latest eight medical students doing placement in Rockhampton (from left) Michelle Xin, Matt Gilbert, Anna Jiang, Maddy Parker, Dr Ajay, Imogen Faulds, Eiryn, Kiran Qayyum, Jessie Zhu and Jason Chen.

ED SMO Dr Ajay Chipiri and Eiryn Twidale with the latest eight medical students doing placement in Rockhampton (from left) Michelle Xin, Matt Gilbert, Anna Jiang, Maddy Parker, Dr Ajay, Imogen Faulds, Eiryn, Kiran Qayyum, Jessie Zhu and Jason Chen.

Rockhampton Emergency Department has had an influx of medical students, thanks to the John Flynn Placement Program, connecting medical students with rural communities across Australia.

ED Director Dr Syed Khadri is excited about the future recruitment prospects from the scheme, saying it’s a perfect way to show the best parts of living and working in Rockhampton.

“In the past, we’d have had one or two students in the Department at a time, but the John Flynn Placement Program means we’ve got an extra six.”

ED Director’s Secretary and EMET Project Support Officer Eiryn Twidale has been posted to the position of John Flynn Community Contact and she’s been showing off the area’s attractions to the students outside of work.

She says the idea is to expose students to life in a regional hospital, rather than concentrating on metropolitan placements.

The JFPP students will have a two-week placement every year of their degree.

They’re placed within different areas of the ED and attend educational sessions with ED clinicians.

Anna Jiang is in the second week of her placement from Melbourne, and she’s already thinking Rockhampton could be a great option for her internship year.

She has been taking histories and doing as many procedures as possible, including cannulations and taking bloods.

Anna said in a metro hospital she wouldn’t get the level of mentorship from such a diverse group of clinicians, including SMOs, PHOs and interns.

“We’re really lucky here because it’s a small tight-net team,” she said. “I’ve gotten to know the SMOs and they really take the time to look after you in their busy day.”