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Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames

Twenty WA Student Nurses To Work In Tanzania

Victor P Taffa

Twenty Student Nurses from Five of Western Australia’s Universities will travel to Tanzania in November to broaden their experience and provide care to people in the Developing World, Health Minister Kim Hames said today.

The grants are part of $100,000 State Government funding to the Global Health Alliance, an initiative of the Department of Health through the Nursing and Midwifery Office, to provide aid, including clinical expertise, to developing countries.

Dr. Hames said the grants were part of an innovative new program that allowed nursing students to develop their skills in partnership with host developing countries.

“These student nurses have been given a unique opportunity to complete their clinical placement in an environment where they will not only learn, but share their own skills and knowledge with a developing country.” the Minister said.

“The student nurses will travel with expert clinicians and undertake placements at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University and Amana Hospital in the Tanzanian former Capital City of Dar Es Salaam.”

“They will also travel to two rural community health centres, Masaki and Masangaya Health Centres, where they will undertake Supervised Clinical Practice.” Dr. Hames said.

The Minister said the international placements would allow the students to develop skills and knowledge in dealing with transcultural heath care issues.

“The experience will provide a greater cultural awareness and practice in diversity that will help prepare the students to be a part of improving future health care delivery in rural and remote WA.” the Minister said.

Professor Pauline Peter Mella, Dean for the Faculty of Nursing at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University in Dar Es Salaam, attended the presentation ceremony to speak about the ongoing Partnership between Western Australia and Tanzania.

“This initiative is only one aspect of a partnership that has been developed between WA and Tanzania’s Universities and Hospitals to foster Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning.” Dr. Hames said.

“Just last month, Western Australian Hospitals and Health Services donated a shipment of Decommissioned Hospital Equipment to Tanzania to aid those in need.”

“This equipment will be used in Public Hospitals within Dar Es Salaam and greatly improve the capacity of these facilities.” Dr. Hames said.

“The student nurse placements will build on this support and I congratulate each grant recipient and wish them well for their endeavours.”

The grants were made possible through the Global Health Alliance Western Australia which was established in December last year to allow WA nurses and midwives to work in the developing world to improve their own skills, as well as train and educate health workers in those countries.

“The Global Health Alliance aims to boost the attraction, retention and satisfaction of nurses and midwives in WA by giving them access to clinical experience they would not normally be able to undertake.” the Minister said.

“This is the first of a series of projects to support nursing and midwifery initiatives in developing countries as part of our ongoing commitment to the World Health Organization’s Millennium Development Goals.” Dr. Hames said.

The 20 grant recipients are:

  • Lucy Wisbey
  • Yvonne Tate
  • Charlotte Keneston
  • Sarah Kelly
  • Alexis Cranfield
  • Monique Stock
  • Fiona Watson
  • Kylie Saunders
  • Grainne Barr
  • Helen Cuthbert
  • Thomas Coffey
  • Erin Clarke
  • Ian Andrews
  • Fern Pearse
  • Molly Fitzgerald
  • Rebecca Farmand
  • Rachael Stephen
  • Lisa Haxton
  • Felicity Caddy
  • Briony James

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