Welcome to a new bunch of eager students studying medicine with the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP). It’s great to see the happy new faces and personalities around the University. Twenty-five new students take on the challenge of changing their lives forever, with hard work and determination on the road ahead along with study, study, study.
The first week of orientation went well, with the students having a full week of talks and lectures to gain a feeling of what it will be like for the next four years. Within this week, the students attended sessions about Indigenous health here in the Territory and were fortunate enough to receive many free lunches by the different organisations that needed to give out information to the new upcoming doctors.
Students also experienced a weekend in Katherine for the Remote Health Experience, where participants had the opportunity to learn, problem solve, and discuss remote issues across disciplines in an environment led by remote practitioners. This activity involved nursing, medical, pharmacy and allied health students from Flinders University, Charles Darwin University and other universities throughout Australia. The Remote Health Experience models the inter-professional training and practice that people will encounter in their course placements and remote practice. In this sense, it is designed to focus attention on the inter-professional relationships and decision-making in resource poor environments necessary for health service delivery. Students enjoyed this experience.
We look forward to following their journey through to the end.