The Huon Valley Health Centre has partnered with Ochre Health to deliver the Tasmanian Intern Program. Intern doctors are newly graduated doctors who complete the majority of their intern year in a hospital environment. This is the first year that general practice has been included as a rotation in Tasmania, with support from the Australian Government’s Rural Junior Doctor Training Innovation Fund.
We have just said goodbye to Dr James Robinson after 13 weeks, and now welcome back Dr Olivia Chung, who completed a placement with the practice last year as a medical student. More about Olivia below:
Graduating from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Medicine in 2017, Olivia is excited that her career in medicine is finally about to begin.
While studying medicine, Olivia spent time at the Rural Clinical School in Burnie. Originally from Hobart, Olivia is looking forward to moving beyond working in larger metropolitan centres to smaller, rural communities. Based at the Huon Valley Health Centre for the duration of her 13-week internship, Olivia is passionate about expanding and developing her skill set in a rural setting, where she anticipates she can contribute to the health of the Huon Valley community in another way.
“I feel very lucky to be part of a program that provides me with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a rural general practice.
“I was fortunate enough to complete a five-week placement at the Huon Valley Health Centre last year, which gave me a fantastic understanding of how general practice works. I enjoyed my time at the practice so much it completely converted me to general practice – it wasn’t a career pathway that I had seriously considered before.”
As well as general practice, Olivia is interested in mental health and public health. Due to a general lack of understanding of the importance of both mental and public health within the community, she believes there are valuable research opportunities available in both these areas.
“Throughout my various placements, I also realised that general practice is best suited to both those avenues – mental and public health – if I eventually want to do clinical practice.”
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