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VIDEO: Why go rural with your health career?

20th March 2023

"Taking your healthcare career to rural and regional New South Wales is not just a great service to the community, it's a great lifestyle!"

RDN took our camera to the  RH22 Rural GPs Conference to ask some veteran and student country doctors why they love studying and working in healthcare in the bush. Dr Alam Yoosuff told us he has been working in country New South Wales for about 15 years, and loves the lifestyle and being part of the community where he is the principal of a GP practice. 

His feeling of having a meaningful career in a great environment was common among the attendees at the conference we spoke to. Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadet Mikayla Sheahan grew up in the bush and loves the community feel and involvement of country doctoring. Dr Saba Hammad studied medicine overseas and remembered having concerns before moving to rural Australia that locals might not accept her: "I found it totally opposite... that feeling of being able to help a community who is very grateful for what you do".

Natasha Polzin of the National Rural Health Student Network says that for all these reasons and more, "even if you just have an inkling that you might want to 'go rural', just try it! You having nothing to lose by going out there, getting to know some of the country and getting some of your practice in and seeing what it's like to go there, because it's not just work, it's also a lifestyle."

RDN provides end-to-end support for GPs, nurses, allied health professionals and midwives looking to work in rural and regional NSW. Contact RDN today to take your first step to a better health care career by going rural!


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