Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Medical Students A[euro][approximately]a catcha[euro][TM]

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Medical Students A[euro][approximately]a catcha[euro][TM]

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Byline: Graham Broadhead news@northernstar.com.au

TARA Marshall was surprised to find a fishing rod in the closet when she moved into a new student accommodation and teaching facility in Ballina on Sunday.

She said she might take the rod out and try to catch a fish in one of the waterways around Ballina.

And the lifestyle might be enough to catch her interest to relocate to the region once she finishes her studies a but the Sydney-born speech pathology student is not sure about that yet.

However, Professor Lesley Barclay, director of the University Centre for Rural Health, hopes that students like Tara will get a taste for life in regional areas while staying in Ballina and choose to move from the cities.

That is why the centre, in partnership with the Northern NSW Local Health District, pushed to have the $4.1million federally-funded teaching and accommodation facility for medical students built in Ballina next to the hospital.

Already, with Tara in Ballina working under supervision at the rehabilitation unit at Ballina hospital for six weeks, there is one more speech pathologist in the region. …

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