Hear about the Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning NT (RIPPL NT) placement experience from some of our students.
Find out more about our Northern Territory placement options in the Top End and Central Australia.
|Hugh Harbeck, Nursing, Tennant Creek|
|Feng Lu and Ying Tang Tong
Social Work, Tennant Creek
|Benjamin Fox, Nursing, Tennant Creek||Jess Kellett, Physiotherapy, Alice Springs
Mikaela Hopkins, Dietitian, Katherine
Liz Emrys, Podiatry, Darwin
Liz Emrys, Podiatry student from the University of Newcastle spent six weeks on placement in the High Risk Foot Clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital.
She found the placement fascinating, challenging and occasionally very sad due to the seriousness of the foot problems treated there.
In her first week, she met a patient who had been in hospital for a long time due to a foot problem and was finding life on the ward quite distressing, so she wrote him this poem.
Lachlan, Podiatry, Darwin
The High Risk Foot clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital was an outstanding placement.
The supportive environment was an ideal place to continue developing my skills and learn from the helpful senior podiatrists. Not only was the placement a great place to thrive and learn about a diverse array of cultures and medical condition, the lifestyle outside was amazing. The accommodation was exceptional with the Flinders University.
A few things I did while on placement were visit Kakadu, Tiwi Island, Mindil and parap market, nightlife down Mitchell Street and lots lots more. I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone.
Royal Darwin Hospital was my favourite external placement as a student. The diversity in patients and skills I learnt were great and unlike other placements.
The team were so welcoming and supportive.
I would thoroughly recommend this placement to any students interested in high risk, indigenous health or something different to the norm.
Jesse Pardo, Physiotherapy, Alice Springs
I was given the opportunity to complete a five-week placement at Alice Springs Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine Centre as a part of my Physiotherapy studies.
Having grown up in Melbourne, I was not sure what to expect on my first remote placement. I had an amazing time and learnt so much. The support I received from start to finish from Centre for Remote Health, my university clinical educators and my clinic supervisors was second to none. The accommodation provided through Flinders University was fantastic.
I had the opportunity to experience a great clinic, visit a remote Indigenous community and also experience the local hospital. Along the way I met some wonderful people and had the opportunity to do a lot of travelling around the region in my spare time. I could not recommend a placement in Central Australia more highly!
Georgie Waite, Podiatry, Darwin
Just wanted to say thank you again for facilitating my placement at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH.
I appreciated the help and guidance. Placement in the Podiatry department at RDH has been great. I have learnt a multitude about the high risk foot and how a multi-disciplinary team can work together for optimal patient treatment. I have also learnt a lot about working within a hospital, which has been valuable given I haven't worked in a hospital setting previously. Everyone I have met has been welcoming and willing to assist in my learning from day one.
Flinders were great in facilitating further learning opportunities through the cultural awareness programs and SNIPS. I would highly recommend to anyone, not just Podiatry students, to come to Darwin for placement. Darwin is a great place to be.
Hannah Caon, Speech pathology, Katherine
Prior to beginning my placement in Katherine, I was both excited and apprehensive about the move up north, but I have had the most amazing time. The staff at the school were so welcoming and friendly, and the town has so much to offer.
Along with the other students, I explored the different walks, swimming holes and community events in Katherine, and of course, enjoyed the wonderful weather. Some of the highlights included visiting an Indigenous community in Beswick. Here we were taught how to weave with pandanus leaves that had been gathered, split and dyed.
We also attended a cultural orientation training day, which was a fantastic opportunity to learn about Indigenous culture in Katherine. It was particularly interesting to learn about the kinship system and understand more about the strong family connections in Indigenous culture.
My time here has gone past so quickly and I have learnt more than I imagined I would. I can’t wait to get back to the Northern Territory and continue exploring!
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