Medic makes most of city visit
MUSTERING on horse back, visiting Queen Mary Falls, indulging in Stanthorpe wine – it would seem medicine student Katherine Fuller is certainly making the most of her visits to Warwick.
The Perth-based student is part-way through her third visit to the Rose City, where she does practical work at the Condamine Medical Centre as part of her studies.
Miss Fuller was awarded the John Flynn Scholarship, which encourages medical students to spend their practical training in rural areas.
During her two-week visit to Warwick, she will stay with QCWA member Penny Campbell-Wilson.
Miss Fuller said she loved returning to the Rose City.
“I had a friend back home who came here for his prac and he recommended it,” she said yesterday.
“He said ‘I know this great place in Queensland’ and I decided to try it.
“I really like it here.
"Everyone’s so nice and friendly.”
Being on the other side of the country didn’t phase Miss Fuller, who said she thoroughly enjoyed the community.
She said the medical experience she was gaining here was invaluable.
“I get to sit in for some consultations with the doctors, which is great,” she said.
“At the moment I’ve got a room to myself and I’ll see and talk with a patient (and try and diagnose them) and then Dr Ross Hetherington will come in and talk with them.
“You get much more practical experience here – at Western Australia University (WAU) there are so many students and they don’t have the capacity to see patients and doctors one-on-one.”
The only complaint she had was the colder temperatures compared to her Perth home.
Miss Fuller, who is one year away from becoming a qualified GP, said she could see herself being based in a rural area.
“I’m from the country originally,” she said.
“I was born in Gippsland, Victoria, and have lived in rural Western Australia too.”
While she hasn’t had much spare time since arriving in Warwick on Sunday, Miss Fuller said she was looking forward to exploring the area this weekend.
“I’m going to go down to Stanthorpe this weekend to get some wine for dad for Father’s Day,” she said.
“Then I think we’ll have lunch at a winery and have a bit more of a look around.”
On her last stay in the Rose City, Miss Fuller visited places such as Inverell, Toowoomba and Narrabri.
Mrs Campbell-Wilson said it was a pleasure having Miss Fuller stay with her and her husband.
“We can’t speak highly enough of the system.
"It’s a wonderful scheme,” she said.
“Katherine is just like a member of the family.”