WARM WELCOME: Calliope’s Jill Hopson is hosting a QUT medical student next month.
WARM WELCOME: Calliope’s Jill Hopson is hosting a QUT medical student next month. Brenda Strong GLALOVE

Medical students head to Gladstone for work experience

HOMESTAY students, university graduates and backpackers - it's fair to say Jill Hopson's Calliope home has seen more than its share of sleepovers.

Next month the 54-year-old and her husband will welcome yet another visitor, this time as part of the Queensland University of Technology's student homestay program.

"It is a lot of fun to get another perspective on someone else's life," Jill said.

Up to 60 medical students are doing work experience in Gladstone's primary health care facilities between April and October, and many need accommodation in the region.

Jill said she was hoping the influx of students would help Gladstone's health care system grow for the future, and that her hospitality might help them appreciate Gladstone life.

"If you spend most of your time in the motel room (instead of a family home) you're not going to have much fun," Jill said.

For more information phone Susi Wise at QUT on 3138 0756 or send an email to s.wise@qut.edu.au.