ACU students at the VCH entrance

 

About 40 students from the Australia Catholic University (ACU) are on a two-week program with the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) as part of a health exchange program between the two institutions.

The ACU program is part of a partnership that was developed 18 years ago, and it is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs through the New Colombo Plan short-term mobility grants.

According to the ACU-Vanuatu in country coordinator, Ms Jane Laycock, the nursing and midwifery students with their lecturers from the Australian Catholic University (ACU) are thrilled to be back in Vanuatu after a three-year hiatus due to COVID.

She said that the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, ACU, has a long and collaborative relationship with Vila Central Hospital staff that continued even when borders were closed with virtual educational exchanges, sharing knowledge and resources.

Prior to the pandemic, annually, approximately 40 students from the ACU school would embark on this two-week program, so everyone is very excited to be able to travel to participate in this opportunity once again.

The ACU program is part of a partnership that was developed 18 years ago, and it is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs through the New Colombo Plan short-term mobility grants.

“On this two-week study program, the students will spend time working alongside the nurses and midwives at VCH, Emua and surrounding areas to observe and learn from each other,” Ms Laycock stated.

“The ACU Faculty of Health Sciences, and in particular the School of Nursing Midwifery and Paramedicine (SoNMP), has had a long, productive, collaborative relationship with the healthcare sector in Vanuatu.

“Before the pandemic, the SoNMP had students visit and work alongside healthcare professionals in Vila and Santo Hospitals, as well as some community clinics. This partnership was developed over 15 years ago. All ACU programs in Vanuatu have been funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs through the New Colombo Plan short-term mobility grants.

“From 2017, the faculty expanded the range of disciplines, implementing programs with Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Exercise Science students and ACU staff working alongside Port Vila and Santo Hospitals.”

Over the last two years, the SoNMP, its midwifery students and staff have remained connected to their colleagues in Vanuatu by working together virtually, to learn from each other and to develop educational resources- through a Telehealth program where in-service trainings were offered via Zoom.

The School of Allied Health has also delivered two Telehealth physiotherapy programs during the pandemic, working with the Physiotherapy Unit at VCH and Erakor village community.

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SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST