O-WEEKEND in Shepparton

The Doctor of Medicine (Rural Pathway) is now in its second year with a wave of new students arriving in Shepparton over the past week. The Rural Clinical School O-WEEKEND ran over the 28th to the 29th of January, showcasing their new hometown and providing students with an opportunity to get to know each other. See what they got up to below!

Day one began with a bus collecting students from campus and headed to Monash Park where a scavenger hunt began for students to explore the local area. A stop at Shepparton Arts Museum involved an immersive cultural experience with Kaiela Arts. Students participated in a workshop, creating clay ‘bayadherra’ which is Yorta Yorta language for long-necked turtle - a symbolic totem of the Yorta Yorta tribe.

The scavenger hunt continued with students following various clues and photographing iconic sites, leading to lunch at Shepparton Brewery. The day came to an end with karaoke and dinner on campus served by local food truck business Nanna Marce.

A rainy Sunday morning didn’t stop day two proceedings of O-WEEKEND with a trip to surrounding Dookie on the agenda. A coffee van on campus provided fuel for the day ahead followed by a bus trip to Mount Major in Dookie. Arriving in Dookie, students shortly embarked on the Mulana nin iyoga walking trail, a 4.6km return walk which offers views of Dookie and surrounding hills and the neighbouring University of Melbourne Dookie campus.

As heart rates increased with the growing incline at Mount Major, so did appetites. A stop at the popular Gladstone Hotel in Dookie satisfied all, serving classic pub favourites.  After some exploring, the day came to an end with students arriving back on campus in time for a BBQ hosted by the student-run Outlook Rural Health Club.

Welcome to all MD1's! We hope you enjoy your time at the University of Melbourne Shepparton campus.

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