Students' Experience of Nature during Rural Clinical Placement

A recent group of students in their rural clinical placement spent weekends visiting Wilsons Promontory and walked to Mt. Oberon.

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Final year Bachelor of Oral Health and Dentistry students attend a 4 week rural clinical placement at either Latrobe Community Health service in Gippsland or Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton and surrounds. Students are encouraged to stay on location for the weekends and embrace the beauty of the regions to fully encapsulate a rural experience and get to know each other better.

A recent group of students in Gippsland did exactly that. They spent their weekend visiting Wilsons Promontory and walked to Mt. Oberon. The rewards are seen in their photos with some stunning views.

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Bachelor of Oral health student, Swezie Bitalac, summarised her feelings about their adventure: “We spent the last weekend of our rural placement in Moe venturing out to Wilsons Promontory National Park. It was such a memorable experience being able to bond with our final year DDS colleagues and being able to witness some of the treasures Gippsland has to offer. There was a moment of silence at the summit of Mt Oberon when everyone was just appreciating and taking in all the beauty in front of us. This definitely enhanced my experience at my rural placement, and I will definitely be back!”.