Community What's Happening Supporting the Bush Bursary/CWA scholarship Scheme



Moree Plains Shire Council supported the Bush Bursary/CWA Scholarship Scheme with $857 through Council’s Public Donations financial assistance program to help the NSW Rural Doctors Network provide a medical student with a two week placement in Moree.


Twenty-six year old Joshua Richards came to Moree after completing his first year of a Doctor of Medicine Postgraduate Course through the Notre Dame University in Sydney.


During his time in Moree, he observed various surgical techniques from carpal tunnel syndrome to delivering a baby through caesarean section and assisted in the emergency department with Dr Smolilo and at Dr Woollard's practice.


“As a student, learning health care skills can be quite daunting; however, the trust, patience and hospitality that is characteristic of the wonderful people living in country towns certainly makes one feel right at home and gives one the courage to engage in becoming a better student and doctor,” said Mr Richards.


Josh Richards Col PringMr Richards was impressed by the initiatives of Pius X Medical Centre in closing the gap in Aboriginal Health and confirmed his passion for working with people in rural communities and the challenges rural doctors tackle every day.


“I learnt about the health issues that predominately affect the Aboriginal community, particularly diabetes and I was very inspired by the services offered by Pius X Medical Centre.”


“I am very grateful to have had this experience in Moree. The Bush Bursary program is a great way to showcase the community and how invested rural doctors are in developing relationships with their patients and the level of personal care they have.”


One of Josh’s many patients was local Col Pring, who, despite receiving a considerable gash to his forehead was able to see the lighter side of the situation and provided everyone in Emergency with a good laugh.


“I do believe Mr Pring claimed to suffer more pain from the local anaesthetic than the actual injury itself! To this day he is the only patient I have ever seen who can still feel pain, despite copious amounts of Lignocaine!” he laughed.


Josh’s experience in Moree has inspired him to continue to pursue a role within the rural clinical sector – whether as a consultant or a local GP!