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“You do a lot of rural placements as part of the JCU curriculum, which is great. As a med student in a big hospital you are at the back of the line and don’t get to do a whole lot. But in rural medicine you can be really useful.”

this box and sometimes it isn’t easy to figure out your path, or way forward. I would love to be that person to motivate and encourage these students.” Aaron Scolyer said he’s received great support and mentoring at JCU is urges other Indigenous students to surround themselves with strong role models.

“I just finished my sixth-year rural placement which was ten weeks in Ingham. It was fantastic. You get to be part of the team as a senior medical student and your responsibility and trust go right up.”

“We all want to do something with our lives that’s going to matter and medicine is a pathway that can do that. Stay focused, keep your eye on the prize, and surround yourself with positive people”

Aaron has also continued to work as a paramedic throughout his degree, gaining further experience in rural and remote Queensland. “During holiday times I’ve always taken rural relief for my ambulance job and I’ll always go to the hospital and introduce myself. You become part of that little community which is exactly what I want to do.”

He believes joining the Indigenous Doctors’ Association of Australia was also a turning point in his life. “I went to one of their conferences and I was surrounded by hundreds of accomplished really successful doctors doing things that you could never think possible. They all came from the same background as me and all had similar stories.”

As part of the JCU medicine degree, the sixth and final year is spent working full time in hospitals. Aaron believes this has given him the skills and experience to make the leap from student to doctor with ease.

“I already had motivations, but that was life-changing. I was surrounded by all these really incredible people and I realised I wanted to be one of them.”

“I definitely feel ready. It’s scary and it’s daunting but it’s very exciting as well. I can soon move on to the next step which is advanced training and then start working in rural medicine and making the change that I want to,” Aaron said. With his passion for rural and remote medicine, Aaron has joined the Rural Generalist pathway and plans to undertake advanced skills training in obstetrics and Women’s Health, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Down the track he hopes to further specialise to bring more desperately needed services to underserved communities. He also hopes to inspire the next generation of indigenous students. “I want to be a mentor; I want to be a teacher for other medical students and other health professionals who identify as Indigenous. “As an Indigenous student you can get put in

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AMSA FRONTIER Issue 4 2019  

AMSA Rural Health's Fourth Yearly Publication: Frontier! - Rural is the Future This issue of Frontier! takes a look at the potential of Rur...

AMSA FRONTIER Issue 4 2019  

AMSA Rural Health's Fourth Yearly Publication: Frontier! - Rural is the Future This issue of Frontier! takes a look at the potential of Rur...