Today is my last day of a twelve week placement and brings to a close one of the best working experiences I’ve had so far. Over the last three months I’ve been challenged technically and mentally to improve my skills as a student Radiographer and as part of great team of professionals here in Rockhampton. From mobile imaging in surgical theatres, to educating patients on why they might need a CT contrast injection – the skills I’ve practiced during this placement will be invaluable during my career.
Without support such as the ACEN and CQU scholarships it simply wouldn’t have been possible to devote all my time and energy to being the best student I could be and I’ll always be extremely thankful to both organisations for their help. It can be really tough trying to support yourself as a medical imaging student for the thirty or so weeks of the year that we’re on full time, unpaid practicum – so any assistance is always greatly appreciated. I’ll always feel most at home in regional Queensland and thanks to groups such as ACEN I’m confident there will always be great opportunities for personal and professional development going into the future. With more and more traineeships and practicums needed for all the students hoping to stay in regional areas, more support needs to be made available by business owners and government in order to accomodate the willingness and energy contained in the next generation of graduates.
At the end of the day – all of this is in order to provide the best quality care for all patients regardless of their proximity to the state capital.