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West Australian and current ACRRM President’s Prize winner, George Kavalam’s journey towards working in rural medicine is one of compassion, and a genuine desire to bring equitable healthcare to those who need it most.

George never intended to become a doctor. As he delved into his undergraduate studies, he volunteered for tutoring programs in rural and remote WA communities. Seeing the disparity in health standards in Indigenous populations provided an incredible motivation to study medicine. He felt a call to assist with reducing the morbidity of preventable disease that unnecessarily and unfairly inhibited children from being able to attend school without hindrance.

During his medical degree, George’s aspiration to become a rural doctor was reinforced by working alongside several strong rural health role models whose work focused on issues significant to Aboriginal child health in WA.

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Free Student Membership with ACRRM

Interested in a career in rural medicine? The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is the only College in Australia focused on providing high quality rural generalism training, and ongoing professional development.

We are committed to delivering sustainable, high-quality healthcare services to rural, remote, and First Nations communities by providing:

  • A Fellowship training program where you specialise in rural and remote medicine from day one.
  • Accessible support from regional teams of supervisors, medical educators, registrar liaison officers, and more.
  • Effective national and regional advocacy programs, and;
  • Online and face-to-face opportunities to learn and network with peers across Australia.

When you join the College as a student member, you become part of a national network of adventurous and visionary Rural Generalists who have one thing in common – a desire to See More, Do More and Be More.

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