There’s been an earthquake in Albury – there are buildings collapsed, cars crashed and people with life-threatening injuries.
This is the simulated situation 180 medical students from across Australia will be responding to as part of the Australian Medical Student’s Association Rural Health Summit.
The event, being held on the Border for the first time from September 28 to 30, will include academic workshops, networking events and a conference with prominent speakers.
Co-convenor Jordan Vivian said more than 50 local doctors and health professionals on the Border were contributing to the event.
“We’re kicking off on Friday with a ‘Welcome to Albury’ cocktail gala at MAMA, on Saturday there is a full day of academics and a bush dance at the Kinross, and we’re finishing with a Sunday breakfast put on by the Rotary Club of Albury with proceeds going to drought relief,” she said.
“We’ve sold 180 tickets and have people confirmed from as far as Fremantle and Toowoomba, with representation from all the different universities across Australia.
“There’s a large mix of people coming, who will hopefully be inspired to work out here in the country.”
Ms Vivian encouraged the community to observe the “Rural Rescue Challenge” from 3pm to 5pm on the 29th at QEII Square.
“The students will be given a resource bag and that’s all they will have to use, so they’ll have to think on their feet and use teamwork,” she said.
“A simulation exercise of this scale has never been publicised in medical literature.
“We’ll have someone with a mic roving and explaining it to the public and we’d love people to come check out.”