No place like home for top student

Cody ButlerDespite having been away for the past few years Cody Butler continues to go from strength to strength as a role model for the community.

Mr Butler left for Perth to study medicine more than four years ago but has returned as a fifth-year medical student with the current cohort at The Rural Clinical School of Western Australia.

It was only natural progression to become a doctor after he achieved dux of TEE at Eastern Goldfields College in 2007.

In the same year he was also awarded best Aboriginal male student in the Aboriginal Education Awards of achievement.

Proud of his Aboriginal heritage from the Wongutha people based in the Goldfields, Mr Butler has chosen Aboriginal health as a medical specialty.

With assistance from the Follow The Dream Aboriginal secondary student learning program and a Gold Fields Australia Foundation scholarship, he became the first person on either side of his family to go to university.

“My mum is very proud and I think she likes to brag when she can,” he said.

“I’m still not sure what area I will specialise in but I have enjoyed the rural GP rotation the most.

“I’ve really enjoyed Kalgoorlie and although I have to go back to Perth for my final year, I would love to come back as a doctor for a bit of a stint.”

The current cohort of eight medical students will be here until October in which time students gain a deeper understanding of rural medical practice.

LETICIA LAING

This article appeared in the Kalgoorlie Miner on Saturday 16/03/2014.