Getting hands-on medical experience
THEY might both be from interstate cities, but two recent additions to Portland’s medical contingent are settling in well.
Chantelle Valente and Fidel Toomey are this year’s Deakin University medical students on placement at Portland District Health and Active Health Portland, and after two years of studying theory at the Geelong campus are keen to further advance their understanding with some hands-on experience.
The pair will go on ward rounds, theatre and specialist clinics with senior staff at the hospital, as well as doing pre-consultations with patients at Active Health before they are seen by the GP.
They are in their third week in Portland, and are here until November, but come from diverse backgrounds and have different ambitions.
Ms Valente, 24, comes from Adelaide, where she has a family background in medicine and is keen to follow in her father’s footsteps and eventually become a GP.
“I like to empower people to take care of their own health,” she said when asked why she chose a career in medicine.
Mr Toomey, 22, hails from Sydney but has no family links to the profession. He would like to eventually specialise in neurology.
“For me it was the relationship with patients and being able to go on a health journey with them for better or worse,” he said in response to the same question.
The pair are enjoying their time in Portland.
“I do like the countryside, nature, it’s peaceful,” said Mr Toomey, who has visited Cape Bridgewater and the Cape Nelson light house.
“The weather’s more suitable too.
“Everybody’s very supportive and very encouraging and wants to see us do well.”