It is February 2005. A bus crawls down the hill into Teepokana (a small fictional town on the west coast of Tasmania) and grinds to a halt near the harbour. Arash stares out of the window. On one side, all he can see is the great Southern Ocean. On the other is a colourful row of shops, cafes and houses nestling under the steep hillside. As a final-year medical student, Arash is just starting his three-week rural general practice placement, at a rather unusual practice.
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