ANU medical students offer free screenings

THIS Thursday, medical students from the Australian National University (ANU) will be in Bega offering free blood pressure screenings for all.

These screenings have been great successes in the past, assisting with the detection of hypertension in individuals.

ANU is holding these screenings in conjunction with Bega Rotary, and the experience is part of ANU’s annual Rural Week.

Rural Week is held annually for first year medical students, who in addition to giving blood pressure screenings take part in a range of activities that introduces them to life in the country and rural health services.

Activities include spending time with medical and allied health practitioners, taking a surf lesson at Tathra, visiting the Bega Cheese factory and dining with their hosts in the community.

Dr Mark Oakley is the Bega Rural Clinical School academic coordinator.

“We work in partnership with Bega Rotary each year to offer community blood pressure screening,” said Dr Oakley.

“The students enjoy the hands-on aspect of practising a medical skill.”

The screenings will take place from 1-3pm on Thursday at the Bega Sapphire Marketplace.


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