Opportunities in the bush


North West Academic Centre Project Officer Cheryl Swinton with work placement students Jacqui O’Brien, Lucie Leonard, Ali Rubie, Meagan Dickinson, Juliet Wearne, Jesse Robinson and Bronte Wang. PHOTO TWH

Things are thriving at Bourke’s North West Academic Centre as another influx of university students bring their talents and skills to the community of Bourke.

From various universities, six new students are excited to be sharing their vocational talents across a range of specialties in Bourke and outlying villages.

Ali Rubie is a nursing student from the Australian Catholic University in Sydney and has completed the first of her four-week placement at the Bourke Multi-Purpose Service in Bourke.

Ali says she has been blown away by the incredible work ethic of the nurses here.

“So far my experience has been amazing, and I have already built strong networks of support, so I am very excited for what the next few weeks is going to bring.

Fellow nursing student Juliet Wearne has been working in the Community Health Department and has been out to Enngonia delivering flu vaccinations at the local school and village.

“It’s been great to be exposed to such diverse cultural opportunities out here.

“Already I have been doing flu and COVID-19 vaccinations, home visits, amputation wound dressing, I spent a day with the eye surgery team, and I have travelled to outlying villages.


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