UQ School of Pharmacy Student Profile: Brock Alexander

13 January 2024

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​In November, the UQ School of Pharmacy featured a student profile on Brock Alexander in their newsletter. Brock is part of our GROW Rural South West Queensland cohort and he experienced the first of three visits to South West Queensland in October as part of this program. He shared his experience with the UQ School of Pharmacy and we have permission to reshare the article here.

Student Profile
Brock Alexander

GROW rural: you will gain life skills, knowledge and make valuable Networking connections

Program of Study and Year: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours), first year.

What is GROW Rural?

GROW Rural is an end-to-end rural health workforce solution program administered by Health Workforce Queensland. GROW Rural creates supported pathways for students from their first year until our placement as new graduates in a GROW Rural community or region. Key elements of the GROW Rural program include:

  • Annual GROW Rural weekend events in nominated rural communities (Years 1-3);

  • Students returning to GROW Rural communities to undertake university clinical placements;

  • Longitudinal support from the Health Workforce Solutions team who prepare students for local employment through an ongoing series of touchpoints including career advice, career preparation and case management;

  • Students having access to peak clinical bodies to support their rural career journey;

  • Students being supported as a new graduate into their first placement as a clinician in the region by the Health Workforce Solutions team; and

  • Employment of Health Workforce Connectors who integrate community need, primary health care settings and stakeholders with the GROW program.

Why did you apply?
Why not? I applied for many reasons but the most important is I wanted to gain insight into how allied health professionals work in rural and remote Australia. GROW Rural was the perfect opportunity to get involved and do something productive that every student should have the opportunity to experience. Additionally, I saw it as a challenge as well because out of the nearly 200 applicants from around Queensland, only 21 are chosen.

What will you be doing?
The 21 students and I from different health disciples from different universities around Queensland spent the whole weekend visiting local health professionals, local hospitals, surgeries, community centres, local politicians/councillors, local attractions, meeting many locals etc. The trip was spread out from Roma to St George, so we had ample opportunity to meet with local health professionals and locals to gain valuable knowledge throughout two rural towns.

Why would you recommend other students to apply?
Give something different a go, it’s an opportunity but only if you take it. You’ll gain life skills, and knowledge and even make some valuable networking along the way which can assist your career after graduation. You may just fall in love with rural Australia.

A career in pharmacy has many options, where do you want to go? What do you want to do in a pharmacy career?
My dream is to become a rural community/hospital pharmacist. I prefer rural Queensland although I am open to other rural areas of course within Australia.

Article and images by UQ School of Pharmacy and Brock Alexander