Bringing future and junior doctors together

A bean bag toss, art competition, food truck and even a table tennis tournament kept medical students and junior doctors thoroughly entertained at the recent Future Fair event hosted by the  Department of Rural Health's Goulburn Valley Regional Training Hub at the University of Melbourne Shepparton campus.

The Future Fair took place at the University of Melbourne Shepparton campus's newly established lawn area.

Through a collaboration with Goulburn Valley Health, the Future Fair was designed to welcome new medical arrivals to the region, allowing them to network and mingle with colleagues and showcase the vast array of activities they could participate in as a new resident of the region.

Junior doctors from 'across the road' at GV Health attended the event alongside University of Melbourne medical students.

More than 75 attendees braved the warm weather to enjoy the event, and were welcomed by Professor Julian Wright, Head of the Department of Rural Health and Dr John Elcock, Director of Medical Services at GV Health.

From left to right Professor Julian Wright from the University of Melbourne, Kim O'Keefe local MP and Dr John Elcock  from GV Health.

Local Member of Parliament Kim O’Keeffe encouraged the new arrivals to get involved with the community while they are here, and spoke of the strong community spirit of the area. Fiona Smolenaars from the University of Melbourne partnerships team highlighted the many clubs, organisations and activities that residents could participate in.

It was great to see students and junior doctors networking and we thank all for coming.

University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine (Rural Pathway) students at the Future Fair event.

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Alana Lee