Health Check

Category: Medicine

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First Peoples alumni changing the world

The First Peoples issue of Health Check featured two outstanding alumni who have made extraordinary impacts in their chosen professions. We reconnected with Brisbane GP Dr Samarra Toby and Toowoomba dentist Dr Michael Baker to ask them about their journey to being remarkable. Read More

Medicine graduate first to land academic role

Dr Lisa Amey completed her medical training at Griffith’s School of Medicine in 2010 and is now the first medicine graduate to achieve an academic position at the University. Dr Amey’s remarkable academic ability and willingness to teach led to her appointment as Associate Academic Manager for the graduate-entry medical program, the Doctor of Medicine (MD). Read More

Quadriplegia is no barrier to a medical career

Dinesh Palipana was a focused, determined, enthusiastic medicine student at Griffith University when his life changed forever on a rainy night in 2010. Today, the 32-year-old remains equally determined and just as focused on forging a career in medicine in spite of the road traffic accident on Brisbane’s Gateway Bridge that left him without feeling or movement from the chest down. Read More

Future doctors take long look at country practice

The further you live from a major city, the higher your risk for potentially fatal illness, accident or injury. The disparity of health services in rural and remote areas is a contributing factor to poorer health outcomes for people in regional Australia. The new breed of rural health practitioners is already making a difference by choosing coalface medical education in the areas where they are most needed. Read More

Original research to improve rural hospital services

Medical students in the Longlook program at Griffith University have identified issues that may lead to better guidelines for country doctors and their patients. Read More

Priority for rural students wanting to study medicine

In good news for rural students wanting to study medicine, Griffith University is now offering a priority access scheme which will see a minimum 25 per cent of its quota coming from rural backgrounds. Called the Griffith University Rural Priority Access Scheme (GURPAS), it will see eligible students who have lived in rural areas of Australia for five years consecutively or 10 years collectively, the chance to study a Doctor of Medicine as part of a separate rural quota. Read More

Distinguished career comes full circle

Professor Allan Cripps AO has stepped down from his position as Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) after 13 years of providing the driving force that made Griffith Health what it is today. Read More

Nutrition education key for GPs

With a recent report released from the World Health Organisation on the almost four-fold increase in diabetes, Griffith University is stepping in with the launch of a program to help GPs provide effective nutrition advice to their patients. Read More

Indigenous doctor trailblazes ASD awareness

Known affectionately to her patients as “Doctor Sam”, Samarra Toby was among the first cohort of medicine students to graduate from Griffith University’s School of Medicine, and it seems, trailblazing continues to be a consistent theme for this remarkable Gangulu woman. Read More

Hands-on learning produces quality rural doctors

Doctors in rural areas sometimes have to rely on their wits more than advanced technology, as fourth year medical students Rebecca Calder and Michelle Burnham can attest. Both Rebecca and Michelle have completed half of their medical education in country hospitals and will now finish off their final year with a six-week stint in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Rebecca is keen to pursue a rural career in maternal health and Michelle is interested in tropical medicine so PNG was an appropriate choice for their selective placement. Read More