48 episodes

Opportunities for a successful medical career in rural Australia are immense. The Destination Medicine© podcast library has been created to assist anyone who has thought about a career as a rural doctor to make informed decisions and navigate a rural medical pathway with greater confidence.

Each episode of this podcast series brings the story of a doctor and their journey into rural medicine. It hasn't been a straight highway for many; there have been a few bumps, U-turns and bends along the way. How did a city slicker end up living on a farm in the Riverina of NSW? And what happened to the young doctor who had a life changing moment on an isolated highway in the Northern Territory? Well, you will have to listen to find out...and there's more.

With over 23 specialities, 81 fields of speciality practice and 86 speciality titles, making career decisions can seem overwhelming for medical students and junior doctors. For some it is an easy decision, having always known the area in which they want to work, however, for others, the plethora of information and complex selection and admission criteria for training, is daunting.

Our doctors share their candid and fascinating stories so that you, the listener, can have a better understanding of what's involved in pursuing a rural career pathway. Lifestyle counts - and for those who are living in rural and remote Australia, the impact is immeasurable. 

The podcast series, 'Destination Medicine' is a collaboration between four rural NSW Regional Training Hubs - Far West, Riverina, Western and Northern NSW.

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Opportunities for a successful medical career in rural Australia are immense. The Destination Medicine© podcast library has been created to assist anyone who has thought about a career as a rural doctor to make informed decisions and navigate a rural medical pathway with greater confidence.

Each episode of this podcast series brings the story of a doctor and their journey into rural medicine. It hasn't been a straight highway for many; there have been a few bumps, U-turns and bends along the way. How did a city slicker end up living on a farm in the Riverina of NSW? And what happened to the young doctor who had a life changing moment on an isolated highway in the Northern Territory? Well, you will have to listen to find out...and there's more.

With over 23 specialities, 81 fields of speciality practice and 86 speciality titles, making career decisions can seem overwhelming for medical students and junior doctors. For some it is an easy decision, having always known the area in which they want to work, however, for others, the plethora of information and complex selection and admission criteria for training, is daunting.

Our doctors share their candid and fascinating stories so that you, the listener, can have a better understanding of what's involved in pursuing a rural career pathway. Lifestyle counts - and for those who are living in rural and remote Australia, the impact is immeasurable. 

The podcast series, 'Destination Medicine' is a collaboration between four rural NSW Regional Training Hubs - Far West, Riverina, Western and Northern NSW.

    Doctors in Training: From birth to death, and in between - Dr Madeleine Kelly has come home to care for her community

    Doctors in Training: From birth to death, and in between - Dr Madeleine Kelly has come home to care for her community

    Dr Maddie Kelly knows what she wants, and she goes and gets it - even if it takes longer than expected, and especially when she's told she can't do it. What has helped in achieving her goals is making the most of every opportunity. Today, Dr Kelly has come home to Orange, NSW to train as a GP Registrar. Even more, she’s come home to build a career where she can balance her own interests, health, family, and vocation. Madeleine has some great tips for those of you considering General Practice training, and for prospective medical students wondering if they are enough.

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    • 18 min
    Student Series: True Grit — Nikki Burnett is tackling medicine with three young kids

    Student Series: True Grit — Nikki Burnett is tackling medicine with three young kids

    After successfully completing a nursing degree with three small kids and working full time, Nikki knew there was nothing stopping her from continuing her education and studying medicine. It wasn’t the smoothest journey through the admissions process with a newborn in tow, but she’s had the unrelenting support from her family, community, and academic staff. More importantly, she has backed herself through the entire process. Now in her final year of medicine, she says time management has become an important skill. Her advice to prospective medical students is to have grit and not give up.

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    • 12 min
    Doctors in Training: Rural or city? For Georgia Cunningham, rural is more rewarding

    Doctors in Training: Rural or city? For Georgia Cunningham, rural is more rewarding

    When Georgia Cunningham was studying medicine at The University of Sydney, she applied for all the rural rotations it offered. It led her to the central NSW town of Dubbo, where she felt welcomed from the very first day. After graduating, she successfully applied for an internship at Dubbo Health Service via the Rural Preferential Recruitment pathway. Since then, she hasn’t looked back. There are several reasons she’d prefer a rural placement over a city one, including the varied work and responsibilities undertaken as a junior doctor.

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    • 14 min
    Doctors in Training: Dr Stephanie Pollard - Feel the fear and do it anyway

    Doctors in Training: Dr Stephanie Pollard - Feel the fear and do it anyway

    Dr Stephanie Pollard is a proud Ngemba woman who grew up playing sport and making mischief in Goulburn. She had more than her fair share of broken bones, but it was through those injuries that she got the inkling that medicine might just be for her. Stephanie is now an Intern at Orange Health Service and is sharing the ups and downs of making the leap from student to intern, as well as her passion to improve the health of Indigenous People in rural communities. It's early days in her medical career, but she knows she has a great support team around her to help her learn to feel the fear and do it anyway.

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    • 15 min
    Medicine is not a race – Dr Joe Duncan: Winemaker, Teacher, Physician

    Medicine is not a race – Dr Joe Duncan: Winemaker, Teacher, Physician

    Dr Joe Duncan’s path to medicine was more unusual than most. He was a winemaker working for leading labels in both Australia and overseas, including Alsace and Chablis in France. He swapped the relatively solitary life in the vineyards to the more social vocation of physician. He discusses his rural pathway into respiratory medicine and the benefits of working in the regional city of Lismore in north-eastern NSW.

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    • 17 min
    Student Series: Choose your own adventure – Hayley Andreazza’s winding path to medicine

    Student Series: Choose your own adventure – Hayley Andreazza’s winding path to medicine

    It wasn’t until Hayley Andreazza was completing her PhD in Chemistry and bringing up a young, sick child, that she considered a career in medicine. What she needed was a solid plan to help her navigate all the twists and turns of getting into and studying medicine. Today that plan is in full swing. Hayley is a third-year medical student at the University of Wollongong and is currently completing her 12-month placement her home town of Broken Hill in outback New South Wales.

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    • 16 min

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