Conference inspires city professionals

RURAL OPPORTUNITIES: Dr Tony Rahman, Dr Desley Marshall, Dr Karen Benn and Dr George Tucker.
RURAL OPPORTUNITIES: Dr Tony Rahman, Dr Desley Marshall, Dr Karen Benn and Dr George Tucker. Marguerite Cuddihy

ST GEORGE had an opportunity to illustrate the region's part in delivering rural medicine across the south west when it played host to a postgraduate medical conference last week.

More than 50 medical professionals descended on St George for the two-day conference that was aimed at networking and teaching professionals outside of big-city hospitals.

St George Medical Centre's managing director Alex Benn said all manner of specialists attended the informative conference, including endocrinologists, cardiologists, endoscopy surgeons and paediatricians.

Professionals travelled from Toowoomba, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and beyond.

"First and foremost, this conference is about education,” Mr Benn said.

"We've got medical students and junior doctors here to give them a taste of the bush.

"It's also a great opportunity for us to showcase the town and open city professionals' eyes to rural life and the medicinal hurdles we have in the bush, such as access to services,” he said.

Health Workforce Queensland, which is a not-for-profit organisation focused on rural and remote GPs and Allied Health across the state, supported and managed the weekend event.

Health Workforce Queensland team leader Aimee Najdovski said it was an incredible opportunity for St George to host the conference.

"This is a long standing event for this region with a very high reputation,” she said.

"It showcases regional and rural medicine and provides a wonderful opportunity for city professionals to network and learn outside their region.”

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