Pioneering Karratha students to take up medicine studies at UWA

Rural pathway students

Rural pathway students

Young people from Karratha and Geraldton were among the 31 students to commence university studies this week as the second intake of The University of Western Australia’s “choose medicine Rural School Leaver Pathway” program.

The UWA offered the two Karratha and one Geraldton student an offer to study graduate medicine via the program, which identifies rural WA students interested in pursuing medical careers.

Student support coordinator Sue Pougnault, from UWA’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, said the program provided support to students, who often had to overcome big obstacles in education opportunities, distance and support to achieve their goals.

“Last year, we ran 19 workshops from Kununurra to Esperance for rural students in years 10, 11 and 12 which helped raise awareness of medicine as an achievable career,” Ms Pougnault said.

“I am so pleased for all the successful rural students – I’ve worked closely with most of them over a number of years and to see their dedication and commitment to their studies pay off as they reach their ultimate goal is very special for me.

“It’s great to see the ongoing success of the Rural School Leaver Pathway in supporting rural students.”

This year’s intake – in UWA’s Centenary year – comes from Bunbury, Busselton, Carnamah, Esperance Geraldton, Gillingarra, Kalgoorlie, Karratha, Leeman, Mandurah, Manjimup, Merredin, Toodyay, Wagin and Williams.

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