My time in Australia was filled with a mix of emotions. The excitement of being in a continent that I have never been in before was soon replaced by sorrow as I found out that I failed my epidemiology and ethics paper. The prospect of having to resit that exam in early August was definitely hanging over me like a dark cloud and no matter how hard I tried, it has definitely affected how much I enjoyed my elective. Having spent the first week and a half feeling sorry for myself and trying to enjoy what Brisbane had to offer, I was slowly able to make the most of being out there.

The hospital I worked in was spectacular. After being on placements in fairly small hospitals back in England, it was definitely quite the experience of being able to go on my placements to a tertiary centre. Not to mention the fact that I was able to fill my entire time there in the obstetrics and gynaecology department. I am not going to go into detail about what I got up to as I have created separate blog posts for that.

Brisbane is a glorious city where the winter season is warmer than England. The skyline and the buzz of the city makes me want to live here. On top of the benefits of being a healthcare professional working in the state of Queensland was soon becoming apparent. The main being Jeremy Hunt was nowhere to be seen in Australia…

One of the highlights of being out here was the fact that I was able to catch up with my aunt, uncle and two cousins. I have not seen them in 4 years and as Indians this is pretty shameful because family means the world to us. Luckily, my cousins were on their holidays for the first 3 weeks that I was there so we were able to make the most of being together.

All in all, I had a great time. I am pretty certain that when I look back in years to come I am going to wish I made more out of being in Brisbane but right now, all I can think about is having to resit an exam.