NSW Rural Doctors Network Scholarship Experience

21 Feb 2017 3:57 PM -

2017 Bush Bursary 

Article provided by David Trench (2017 Scholarship Student)


The Bush Bursary in Wentworth has been a fantastic experience for me. From working with rural practitioners passionate about rural health, to eating yabby pizza sitting on the banks of the Darling River, I’ve loved every moment of my time in the Sunraysia area.

I began my time in Wentworth in the middle of January, somehow missing out of a week’s worth of scorching 40 plus degree heat. I was lucky enough to get a taste of most of the health practices around the area; from the Wentworth Pharmacy, to aged care at Murray House, and GP placements throughout the Wentworth Shire. I even managed to squeeze in a day with the Royal Flying Doctors Service out of Broken Hill at the end.

While the medical experience I gained in Wentworth really complimented my studies, the stand out was the social aspects of my two weeks. The Wentworth community were incredibly welcoming. Everyone I came into contact with seemed willing to go out of their way to make my time in ‘Wenty’ a thoroughly memorable one. Floating up the Darling River on The Wentworth on a Wednesday afternoon was beautiful, and I couldn’t think of a better way to experience the longest river in Australia.

Wentworth has shown me just how a lifestyle and a career in rural Australia can be as diverse and fulfilling as any career in a large metropolitan centre. I’m now even more enthusiastic about one-day pursuing rural medicine, especially in somewhere as picturesque as South-West NSW, and know just how satisfying that path would be.

Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Jen, Di and Paul and the whole Wentworth Shire Council for everything they did to facilitate this experience. Without them, I would not have had the fantastic time I did. Your time, effort and patience with me was gratefully appreciated.