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University of Wollongong Nutrition and Dietetics student Gynette Reyneke recalls her placement in Broken Hill. A warm welcome, heritage and culture, and rewarding project work awaited her in the far reaches of her home state.
My placement for Community and Public Health Nutrition was based in Broken Hill as part of my final year of my Bachelor Nutrition and Dietetics. Getting there involved a long drive through diverse terrain. I’m still amazed that a person can drive for 14 hours and remain in the state of New South Wales at the point of destination!
This was my second remote experience in Australia and I found a lot of similarities between Broken Hill and Kalgoorlie in WA. It is quiet in Broken Hill but people are really friendly and happy to have a chat.
Most of my time was divided between the Broken Hill Hospital, Dietetics Department, Broken Hill University of Rural Health (BHURH), and a local high school. The weeks were very busy with project work and it was humbling to be embraced into the school community by students and teachers alike.
BHRUH provided accommodation, which was shared with three other students from various health disciplines. The accommodation was conveniently close to town, comfortable, well equipped and provided an opportunity to meet other students on placement.
Weekends provided an opportunity to go out and explore the local and surrounding areas including the Regional Art Gallery, which is a beautiful old building containing some amazing collections of art. Broken Hill itself is packed full of historical buildings and the famous Palace Hotel was featured in an Australian movie (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) many years ago. Getting around Broken Hill is interesting, as you discover the mineral and rock theme of the street names.
There are some great photo opportunities not far from Broken Hill, including the Living Desert Sculptures for some culture and incredible sunsets, and the historical town of Silverton, home to the Mad Max Museum, John Dynon Gallery, an outback pub and sunset camel rides!
A special thanks to CRANAplus for the Undergraduate Student Remote Placement Scholarship that provided monetary assistance towards my Broken Hill placement.
If you are looking for diversity and a rich experience on placement, Broken Hill has it all. I will look back fondly and cherish the five weeks I spent in this unique, remote rural town!
Find out more about CRANAplus Undergraduate Remote Placement Scholarships.