Celebrating the successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community

On placement in the outback

Nursing students spent three weeks in Cobar working with the school community to design and implement a health prevention and education program aimed at teenage girls.

[Bec Boss, nursing student]
We both started placement, we did a lot of observations. So, we sat in the classroom, we watched the student and teacher interaction. We went out at lunchtime we spoke to the student and through observation, we were able to identify needs and started with a community analysis and come up with an health invention.

We didn't really know what I was getting into but after going through this experience of helping people, I'm aware of, I guess understanding community health, but to being part of a community and trying to really connect with the people, not just from a clinical perspective. Yeah, I love it.

[Imran Salad, nursing student]
I would really advise people to come out here and just give it a chance to see a different lifestyle to what they're used to, but I also think to have an open-minded and to be accepting other people's life choices in lifestyle as well as yours.

Because everyone is different everyone has the right, they have their own right to make their own decisions. So yeah, just giving it a shot and having a try.

[Rachael Moss, nursing student]
My favourite memory is being in the car driving to the school with the girls and singing at the top of our lung.

[Pip Dennewald, nursing student]
I chose to come out to Cobar purely because I actually wanted to see for myself what the Outback was like and I wanted to see how rural help actually was different to regional health.

I like that we had to take ownership of it and because, you know, I feel that if I have to go on other placements we're still monitored in that sense, of everything we do, but this is our time to shine and we kind of did it. And I'm really stoked that I did it.