Hear about the Remote and Rural Interprofessional Placement Learning NT (RIPPL NT) placement experience from some of our students.

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Pene Curtis, Jessica Payne, Jennifer Kitching
Pene Curtis, Jessica Payne, Jennifer Kitching

Jessica Payne, Nursing placement, Tennant Creek

July 2018

Love for community inspires Remote Area Nurses

Jessica Payne’s nursing placement in Tennant Creek coordinated by Flinders NT Remote and Rural Inter Professional Placement Learning Team (RIPPLNT) has confirmed her intention to become a Remote Area Nurse. A third year Nursing Student with Charles Darwin University and an Aboriginal woman based in Queensland, Jessica received financial support through a Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) scholarship to complete a four week placement at the Tennant Creek Hospital. Read More...

Cooking class, East Arnhem Regional Council
Cooking class, East Arnhem Regional Council

Alicia Hutchinson, Occupational Therapy placement, Nhulunbuy

May 2018

Occupational Therapy in Gapuwiyak: A lesson in communication and cultural responsibilities

Alicia Hutchinson a Swinburne University Master of Occupational Therapy student has taken up a Flinders NT-supported placement with East Arnhem Regional Council, Aged and Disability Services. The student grapevine was what initially attracted Alicia to seek a placement in a remote community within the Northern Territory and a desire to participate in a challenging area of service delivery. Read More...

Georgie Waite
Georgie Waite

Georgie Waite, Podiatry placement, Darwin 

March 2018

Just wanted to say thank you again for facilitating my placement at Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH). I have appreciated the help and guidance. 

Placement in the Podiatry department at RDH has been great. I have learnt a multitude about the high risk foot and how a multi-disciplinary team can work together for optimal patient treatment. I have also learnt a lot about working within a hospital, which has been valuable given I haven't worked in a hospital setting previously. Everyone I have met has been welcoming and willing to assist in my learning from day one. 

Flinders were great in facilitating further learning opportunities through the cultural awareness programs and SNIPS. I would highly recommend to anyone, not just Podiatry students, to come to Darwin for placement. Darwin in a great place to be. 

Emma Steuten and Lisa Nguyen-Manh
Emma Steuten and Lisa Nguyen-Manh

Emma Steuten, Nutrition and Dietetics placement, Nhulunbuy

February 2018

Dietetics building capacity in South East Arnhem

Emma Steuten, a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics student from Flinders University in Adelaide took up a 7 week placement based in Nhulunbuy with the Top End Health Service Primary Health Outreach Team. 

Emma’s supervisor, Dietician/Public Health Nutritionist for East Arnhem Land South, Lisa Nguyen-Manh, explained the motivation behind the outreach team taking their first Dietetics student. Read more... 

Disability students in Alice Springs
Disability students in Alice Springs

Disability Placement, Alice Springs

November 2017

Disability students get ready to roll

Four students undertaking a Bachelor of Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders University in Adelaide took the opportunity to complete part of their placement program in Alice Springs through the Centre for Remote Health

Naomi Tuckett, Charlotte Gobec, Rhianna Brooks and Kia Bedson completed their two-week placements at Gillen Primary School and Acacia Hill School. Read More...

CRH & Alice Springs Hospital pharmacy student project
CRH & Alice Springs Hospital pharmacy student project

Kellie Stafford, Pharmacy student project, Alice Springs

August 2017

Kellie Stafford, a final year pharmacy student from University of Queensland on placement in Alice Springs, is undertaking a project to investigate antibiotic usage in infants at Alice Springs Hospital (ASH).

The project, involving ASH pharmacy department and Centre for Remote Health Pharmacy Academic, will assess the use of Gentamicin, an antibiotic, in neonatal patients in line with recommended guidelines and therapeutic drug monitoring. Read more...

Barramundi Gorge, Kakadu National Park
Barramundi Gorge, Kakadu National Park

Lachlan, High Risk Foot Clinic placement, Darwin

August 2017

The High Risk Foot clinic at Royal Darwin Hospital was an outstanding placement.

The supportive environment was an ideal place to continue developing my skills and learn from the helpful senior podiatrists. Not only was the placement a great place to thrive and learn about a diverse array of cultures and medical condition, the lifestyle outside was amazing. The accommodation was exceptional with the Flinders University.

A few things I did while on placement were visit Kakadu, Tiwi Island, Mindil and parap market, nightlife down Mitchell Street and lots lots more. I would definitely recommend this placement to anyone.

James, Darwin placement

August 2017

Royal Darwin Hospital was my favourite external placement as a student. The diversity in patients and skills I learnt were great and unlike other placements.

The team were so welcoming and supportive.

I would thoroughly recommend this placement to any students interested in high risk, indigenous health or something different to the norm.

Melissa Godden with Thorny Devil
Melissa Godden with Thorny Devil

Melissa Godden, Flinders University, Graduate Nurse

June 2017

In love with Alice

After completing a student placement in Central Australia, Registered Nurse Melissa Godden has returned to the Northern Territory to undertake a Graduate Nurse Program at Alice Springs Hospital. She discusses the experience of going to Alice Springs for the first time and now returning to work in the town she fell in love with.

After working in Adelaide as a carer for a number of years, Melissa recognised the need to go further in her career. She felt that she had exhausted the challenges as a carer and while she was passionate about working with people with disabilities, she wanted to experience ‘something more’. Read More...

Jess Turner
Jess Turner

Jess Turner, Flinders NT, Medical student

May 2017

Strength and influence of the remote experience

Jess Turner, a Flinders NT Medical student has returned to Nhulunbuy to undertake a six week rotation at Gove District Hospital. We caught up with her to find out a little about her history with East Arnhem Land.

The Garma Festival initially sparked Jess’s interest in the region when she was sponsored to attend the event as a final year Occupational Therapy (OT) student in 2007.  Jess professes to have been on a steep learning curve with regard to the social determinants of health during that festival. Read More...

Michelle Mascorella and Nurse Helen
Michelle Mascorella and Nurse Helen

Michelle Mascorella, Charles Darwin University, Student Nurse

April 2017

Two weeks in Nyirripi

In April 2017, as part of her third year Community Health placement, Michelle Mascorella was fortunate to spend two weeks in Nyirripi, a beautiful community 450km Northwest of Alice Springs.

Michelle describes her experience as being ‘beyond her wildest dreams’, filled with remote area nursing including late night call-outs as well as football grand finals, nearby bush fires, caring for joeys and gymnasium openings. Read More...

Flinders NT Placement Locations

Darwin | Katherine | Nhulunbuy | Alice Springs | Tennant Creek