Lithgow doctors to teach Notre Dame medical students

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 28-3-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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Lithgow Hospital has been chosen as the rural teaching hospital for The University of Notre Dame Australia’s new School of Medicine.

The medical school, which is located at the University's Darlinghurst site, took its foundation students this year. It held its first Rural Symposium in Lithgow last week with all 112 students attending.

Doctors and nurses from Lithgow Hospital, as well as GPs from the local community gave the first year medical students insights into their management of health issues outside the ‘Big Smoke’.

At the seminar, students heard about health challenges such as diabetes and obesity and their effects on heart disease and pregnancy. Diabetes Educator, Dianne Perrieman RN, and another nurse, Deborah Gaynor, also spoke about the history of health services in Lithgow.

The Dean of Medicine, Professor Julie Quinlivan, said that the symposium is the beginning of a growing relationship between the School of Medicine and Lithgow.

“From 2010, up to eight students will be in residence in the Hospital learning rural medicine, and we are sure Lithgow residents will welcome them,” she said.

She commented that the strong support from the Mayor, Mr Neville Castle, had made the choice of Lithgow an easy one, “To have a city so keen and prepared to help us train outstanding doctors makes our task just that much easier.”

Lithgow GP and Associate Professor, John Dearin, has been appointed as the Hospital Clinical Coordinator, and as an Associate Professor at Notre Dame’s Sydney School of Medicine.

Another country training hospital has been selected for the University in Albury. Students will visit the site later on in the year.

Media contact: Moira Saunders, 02 8204 4407