A Katherine doctor has been recognised for her work mentoring medical students and inspiring them to choose to work in the NT's regional and remote communities.
Dr Rose Schuddinh is a GP with the Wurli-Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service in Katherine and was recently named a winner at the Flinders University NT Supervisor Recognition Awards for her role supervising medical students on placement with Wurli.
Dr Schuddinh said she has loved working with the students, many of whom travel from interstate for their placement.
"It's been a pleasure to have them, it makes me enjoy my work more," she said.
"I think the award was hopefully a reflection of the fact that they enjoyed their time in Wurli and Katherine.
"It's a prize for Wurli, not for me. The whole team tries to provide them with a different experience."
She said working with an organisation like Wurli provided aspiring doctors with invaluable experience that they can not get anywhere else.
"It's a great adventure...really interesting work managing complex patients up here you won't get down south...especially among Indigenous clients," she said.
"It's great experience for any medical student.
"We hope some enjoy it so much they stay."
One of the students who has been inspired by Dr Schuddinh is third-year Jessie Spargo.
Ms Spargo, who is from Darwin, is currently on placement in Katherine and has spent time working at both the hospital and at Wurli.
She said she nominated Dr Schuddinh for her dedication to mentoring students, saying she wants to work in regional and remote NT communities when she is qualified.
"It's really interesting and complicated on a social level for us to learn about the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal Territorians on the ground," Ms Spargo said.
"You can't get taught that in a lecture, you have to talk to your patients and see it with your own eyes."
Ms Spargo was awarded the Trisha Maroney Memorial prize from Flinders, which recognises outstsanding rural medical students.
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