AHA Clinics has partnered with Flinders University to equip more young doctors. Find out what it means for patients and the community.

The healthcare system is encountering many challenges, not the least of which is a shortage of qualified doctors.

To address this, AHA Clinics is proud to partner with Flinders University to help fast track the development of the next generation of doctors.

When you visit AHA, you may encounter year three medical students from Flinders in either an observational or consulting capacity, giving them real experience while also providing additional support to patients and their doctors.

Here’s how it works.

AHA Clinics’ partnership with Flinders University

AHA Clinics has always been passionate about growing the health care industry. That passion extends to the education and development of young doctors.

It’s no secret that there is huge demand for qualified GPs, there are not enough doctors to meet that demand.

AHA Clinics is playing its part in remedying this situation by providing the next generation of doctors with invaluable experience, to ensure they are ready and equipped to provide much needed care in our community as soon as possible.

Our partnership with Flinders University invites third year medical students into the clinic to observe, learn and participate in the field of general practice. 

You may encounter one of our students on your next visit.

What it means for you

This partnership is closely managed by the AHA leadership team, with students working under the careful guidance and mentorship of AHA’s experienced doctors.

We will have no more than two medical students at any one time at the clinic.

Initially, the students spend time only observing consultations with our patients.

If their supervisor feels they are ready, they may take the lead on a consultation, asking questions about the reason for your visit and your medical history, all while your primary doctor is in the room.

If the student continues to show progress, they may undertake what is called a “parallel consult”.

This is when the student is alone with you in a room, asking questions about the reason for your visit and how they may help, including an examination if appropriate.

Your doctor will then join the consultation, allowing the student to share their findings and observations.

They will then conduct a similar consult with you, allowing them to either confirm or challenge the student’s diagnosis, as well as suggesting any other investigations deemed necessary.

Ultimately patients still receive the expert advice and care from their GP, with the added support of a student.

What it means for students

Placements provide medical students with invaluable experience.

It also gives them the best opportunity to develop vital clinical and diagnostic skills under the guidance of our established and accomplished GPs.

In simple terms, it’s about helping them learn to be doctors, rather than just studying medicine.

Text books can never substitute for real patients dealing with real medical problems.

By observing and working under the tutelage of our GPs, students will expand their skills in the following areas:

  • Diagnosing, treating and caring for people with a range of health issues
  • Promoting good health
  • Preventative health care
  • Early intervention
  • Managing chronic conditions

Undertaking a placement in a general practice also gives students the opportunity to learn and understand the business of health care including administration and patient advocacy, the provision of clinical care and its coordination.

What it means for the community

We see this partnership as an investment in the future of our community.

Without doubt, we all stand to benefit from the equipping of more qualified doctors in the Seaford area.

AHA Clinics encourages our valued clients to embrace our commitment to the development of young, local doctors to help make this program a success.

It is hoped that exposing these students to general practice now will encourage them to choose a career in general practice when they graduate. 

Understandably, not everyone is comfortable sharing their health history or undergoing an examination from a medical student, and there is no obligation or pressure on patients to participate.

What next?

If there are plans for a student doctor to be involved in your consultation, you will be notified at reception.

Your doctor will also talk to you about the role they hope to play.

If you feel at all uncomfortable, there is absolutely no obligation for you to participate in the student program.

You are encouraged to talk to reception or your doctor who will make other arrangements.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about AHA Clinics’ partnership with Flinders University, what role students may play in your consultation or if you have any feedback or comments about the program, you can discuss with our friendly staff at the front desk.

Book an appointment today at the Seaford Meadows Day and Night Clinic or Seaford Road Day and Night Clinic.