Candidate: Brooke Mackie
Rural Health Club: RHINO
Discipline: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
Please provide summary of why you are interested in the position, your ability to fulfill the position and your previous experience related to the position. (Word limit: 300 words)
I have always been avidly passionate about rural health, especially coming from a rural background myself. Throughout my degree, I have found myself wanting to find an avenue to advocate for rural health and make a difference on a policy/ wider platform than I currently am able to do. This position would be the perfect opportunity to do so. I am currently a part of the Rural Health Summit 2021 with AMSA and was a convenor with QLD MSC for a rural MSAT event at JCU. I want to take my skills I have learnt from these experiences to a national scale to effect change at a wider level. I would be perfect for this role as I am fiercely passionate about rural health, have a Type A personality (so you know I will punctual, professional and precise) and want to make change, to encourage more students to pursue rural placement and careers. From my previous experiences listed I have learnt valuable skills including effective communication via google, slack and zoom, student committee policies and regulations as well as how to appropriately liaise with people outside your committee. Overall, I want to effect greater change in my time at medical school and believe this would be the perfect avenue to do so.
Please provide a response to the Key Selection Criteria. (Word limit: 1000 words)
1.I have constant access to my email, phone and internet with notification on. I regularly check my emails daily.
2. As my employment is casual I do have availability to attend events throughout the year, it is simply dependent on my course availability.
3. Whilst I do not have experience with NRHSN or a RHC, I believe my previous experience mentioned including RHS and QLDMSC is ample. I believe my experience working with these committee policies and regulations are transferrable to NRHSN.
4. I have always been passionate about rural health. It is the reason I chose to study at JCU due to their onus on rural and Indigenous health. Coming from a rural background I have first hand experienced the disparities between urban and rural healthcare and believe that it must change. I plan to be a part of this change. My ultimate goal in my career is to be able to establish maternity and delivery access to areas such as Weipa, where they must travel at least 10 hours to Cairns to deliver a child. My involvement in rural health includes: enthusiastic involvement on placements at Weipa, Bowen, Gladstone and Tannum Sands, social officer for the Rural Health Summit 2021, convenor for Queensland Medical Students’ Council Rural Medical Challenge and facilitated a trip to the local daycare whilst on placement in Bowen to teach children about health and doctors.
5. My leadership skills come from my experience as a disability support worker, coordinating care for various individuals and problem solving when conflict arises. Furthermore, in my various roles mentioned above, leadership and advocacies skills were paramount to my success.
6. I have experience liaising with vendors and committee members to ensure the success of various events mentioned above. Through my employment I have had experience discuss with superiors and stakeholders for the care of an individual. This is done best through clear concise communication.
7. As an Executive Committee member for NRHSN I understand that I must represent the views of NRHSN and support the Council and RHC by attending all sessions and liaising with RHC.
8. Based on my previous rural placement experiences, multi disciplinary approach to health is the best option for holistic patient centred healthcare. This, paired with living with an OT and ex phys student, cement in my mind the importance of multidisciplinary healthcare
9. I am keen to become a part of NHRSN to help contribute to publications or coordinate resources for students
10. As a part of AMSA in RHS21 I must represent my goal and views as AMSA’s goals and views. This was easily done by understanding AMSA’s policies.
11. As a part of RHS21 we have had to set timelines in order to ensure our personal tasks are done for the event to run seamlessly. I had abided by these strictly, to ensure I do not let the team down.
12. Through both my job and previous experiences I must be professional in conduct, by connecting with clients and others without giving too much of my personal self or creating intimate connection.
13. Through both RHS and QLDMSC I have demonstrated my ability to work in a team to coordinate and work towards a greater goal. I have achieved this with open communication and completing my own tasks in a timely manner
14. As a support worker I work in close contact with the support service manager and other employee to ensure continuity and the best care possible for the client. I believe this is transferrable to the role of collaborating with administrators and RWAs.
Please provide your Curriculum Vitae. This can include a summary of specific previous experiences you have had related to rural health and leadership (events, courses, positions held, relevant previous or current employment). (Word limit: 500 words)
Rural Health Summit 2021: I am the social officer for RHS21 as a part of AMSA. In this role I am organising various social events for our delegates. This is both a creative and logistic role considering what will be both attainable and exciting/ unique event for students to enjoy themselves. This role has included the following responsiblities: fast, effective communication with other committee members and vendors, risk management and COVID planning, budgeting, drafting proposals, attending regular online meetings and coordinating the multiple events on the day.
Queensland Medical Students’ Council Rural Medical Challenge 2021: I was a convenor to organise a rural medical challenge earlier this year. Along with 3 other convenors we organised an MSAT style event highlighting issues commonly faced on rural placement and practice. This role included communicating with fellow convenors, recuriting volunteers, creating case studies and marking criteria, budgeting for prizes and food, coordinating with the medical school the time, space and COVID regulations for the event as well as successfully conducting the event smoothly on the night.
RHINO rural high school visit 2021: I was a participant on the RHINO high school visit to Mareeba and the Tablelands. I helped create stations to engage rural students to pursue a career in the health industry.
Rural Teddy Bear Hospital 2021: Whilst on my Bowen rural placement I conducted a visit to the local daycare as a part of JCU Medical Students Association. This was an opportunity to teach the children about good hygiene practices, what a doctors does and how to be healthy. I organised the activities myself and conducting the session solo.
Current employment: I am a disability support worker, supporting an array of clients including children and adults with mental and physical disabilities. I currently mostly work with children suffering from cystic fibrosis, type 1 diabetes, ASD, FASD and ODD. These are kids that have been relocated from rural locations as they cannot get the support they need at home. I love my job and find it very rewarding helping these children.