MPSC supports Bush Bursary-CWA Scholarship Scheme

MOREE Plains Shire Council has supported the Bush Bursary-CWA Scholarship Scheme with $857 through Council’s public donations financial assistance program to help the NSW Rural Doctors’ Network provide a medical student with a two-week placement in Moree.

Joshua Richards, 26, came to Moree after completing his first year of a Doctor of Medicine Postgraduate Course through the Notre Dame University in Sydney.

During his time in Moree, he observed various surgical techniques from carpal tunnel syndrome to delivering a baby through caesarean section and assisted in the emergency department with Dr Smolilo and at Dr Woollard’s practice.

2016 Josh Richards col Pring

Joshua Richards (at back) observes as local Col Pring is attended to in the Moree Hospital ED by Dr Smolilo (Image courtesy of Belinda Pring).

“As a student, learning health care skills can be quite daunting. However, the trust, patience and hospitality that is characteristic of the wonderful people living in country towns certainly makes one feel right at home and gives one the courage to engage in becoming a better student and doctor,” Mr Richards said.

Mr Richards was impressed by the initiatives of Pius X Medical Centre in closing the gap in Aboriginal Health and confirmed his passion for working with people in rural communities and the challenges rural doctors tackle every day.

“I learnt about the health issues that predominately affect the Aboriginal community, particularly diabetes and I was very inspired by the services offered by Pius X Medical Centre,” Mr Richards said.

“I am very grateful to have had this experience in Moree.  The Bush Bursary program is a great way to showcase the community and how invested rural doctors are in developing relationships with their patients and the level of personal care they have.”

One of Mr Richards’ many patients was local Col Pring, who, despite receiving a considerable gash to his forehead was able to see the lighter side of the situation and provided everyone in Emergency with a good laugh.

“I do believe Mr Pring claimed to suffer more pain from the local anaesthetic than the actual injury itself,” Mr Richards smiled.

“To this day he is the only patient I have ever seen who can still feel pain, despite copious amounts of Lignocaine,” he laughed.

Josh’s experience in Moree has inspired him to continue to pursue a role within the rural clinical sector – whether as a consultant or a local GP.

Media Release: February 28, 2017