Work experience in Cambodia Health Clinics for UQ students

Fifteen University of Queensland nursing and midwifery students have put their skills into practice in Cambodian health clinics during a four-week placement in the country’s north-west.

School of Nursing and Midwifery head Professor Catherine Turner said the International Community Health Placement programme, open to second- and third-year nursing and midwifery students, gave participants credit toward their Bachelor degrees.

“Our undergraduate programmes are distinctive in that we provide students with academic learning balanced with an equal component of hands-on clinical experience,” Professor Turner said.

She said the programme gave students insight into international health practices and provided opportunities to assist in clinical practice environments.

School of Nursing and Midwifery student Lucy Finlay, said the Cambodia trip had been a wonderful experience.

“It really opened my eyes to see how lucky we are in Australia,” Lucy said.

“One definite highlight was assisting in the delivery of two babies.  Both births went really well. The Cambodian midwives do so much with so little.

“It’s different to Australian hospitals where more resources are available for mothers and babies during the birth process.”

Staff and students raised more than $8000 before the trip to donate to communities they visited. The money helped buy medicines, a birthing bed, a steriliser and a computer, along with more than 50 kits of blankets, sleeping mats, clothes, mosquito nets, tooth brushes and soap for needy families, and contributed toward construction of a toilet block at a secondary school.

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