Dr Jessie McCallum, Goldfields Region

I spent my final term as an intern working with the medical team in Kalgoorlie for WACHS Goldfields. I believe working rurally is a must for any junior doctor. There is more opportunity to increase your procedural skills and take on greater clinical responsibility when caring for patients. There are always interesting cases and great teaching and learning opportunities. The hours are also very conducive to extra-curricular activities or study if you are heading into exams. All the teams are incredibly experienced and knowledgeable and willing to help if you need it. The medical team is one of the only teams I’ve worked with where the registrars are willing to assist with referrals, discharge summaries and other typical “junior jobs”; they truly work as a team.

The hospital community is one of the biggest assets of working for WACHS. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. All the staff know each other and make the effort to get to know you. The teams are small so there is ample opportunity to socialise with colleagues from other departments and disciplines. This is not only great for professional networking but also for making your time with WACHS memorable!

Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields region is also a great place to live. There is something for everyone in the community, whether you are into sport, the arts, history or camping. I joined F45 with some colleagues and am now completely hooked! Kalgoorlie and Esperance are both beautiful places to explore and I highly recommend making trips to local landmarks like Lake Ballard, Peak Charles, Burra Rocks, Cape Le Grande National Park and Woody Island. You won’t regret it!

Dr Jessie McCallum

Photo: Dr Jessie McCallum on one of her adventures around the Goldfields region

Last Updated: 22/11/2021