Barooga’s Thomas Currie will honour his regional roots after graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from James Cook University (JCU).
The former Cobram Anglican Grammar student was one of 179 students to complete their six-year medicine studies this month and was chosen to present the graduates’ address at the graduation ceremony.
Thomas has secured a job at the Mt Isa hospital. He will start his new role early this year.
Thomas said his JCU studies had given him outstanding opportunities, like his placements in Broken Hill, Cooktown, Sri Lanka and Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory.
‘‘I studied medicine because I want a job that will allow me to live and work in a country town,’’ he said.
‘‘My career goal is to work in rural and remote obstetrics and to bring birthing services back to country towns like the one I grew up in.’’
Thomas said former Cobram GP John Russell inspired him to become a doctor.
‘‘I completed work experience with him in Mildura as a Year 11 student and this sealed my ambitions to study medicine,’’ he said.
‘‘I received a phone call from JCU asking me to go to Townsville to attend an interview. I pulled together all my savings from delivering pizzas and flew up, never thinking I’d actually be successful.
‘‘A few days after Christmas, I received a phone call and I got in. I ran outside to tell my parents. Mum was in tears.’’