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Student Spotlight: Sarah & Eilis

Date - 16 December 2020

SQRH recently supported two UQ Pharmacy students during their clinical placements in Goondiwindi:


Community pharmacy and primary health care combined with a passion for rural health equity has driven Sarah to achieving her goals of a pharmacy degree and rural career.

Sarah, a UQ Pharmacy student, has recently completed a month placement at Goondwindi’s Allen’s Pharmacy and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of learning and living in the Southern Downs community.

Not only did Sarah enjoy the wonderful personal connection with patients at Goondiwindi, she believes the holistic care and working with experienced pharmacists gave her a well-rounded placement.

Sarah will graduate soon and is looking to land a job at her home in Central Queensland.


From kayaking down the MacIntyre River to attending her first AFL game, UQ Pharmacy student Eilis Rigby added a lot more to her rural placement experience than the comprehensive clinical work at Terry White Chemmart Pharmacy at Goondiwindi.

Recently completing her month placement at the Southern Downs town, Eilis will graduate at the end of the year and has an internship in Tasmania but she said her experiences informed her current practice and future career.

Eilis emphasised the benefits of a rural placement would be invaluable to any health student and she pointed out that the close network of other health professionals builds a learning environment as well as helping students to truly understand the patient journey.

Thanks to Eilis for sharing her story and we’re delighted to have supported her on her way to being part of the rural health workforce!


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