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Country manager

Danielle Somers

Key partners

  • Ministry of Health
  • The University of Health Sciences (Phnom Penh) – MOU
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) – Cambodia Office
  • National Paediatrics Hospital (Phnom Penh)
  • Angkor Hospital for Children (Siem Reap)
  • National Institute of Public Health (Phnom Penh)
  • Centre de Cardiologies de Phnom Penh
  • Institut Pasteur du Camboge, Phnom Penh
  • Royal University, Phnom Penh

Teaching & learning

Education collaboration - Curriculum development and assessment with MoH and WHO

Led by the Office for Global Health, the Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy Division (MDNP) are assisting the Ministry of Health and WHO in the development of robust national exit exams for health professionals. It is intended that the national exams will assist in establishing minimal clinical and professional competence for students, basic standards of quality for public and private health professional education schools and be preparation for having a national licensing exam in the future.

The MDNP Division is:

  1. Providing technical advice, training and support to enable the Cambodian Ministry of Health (MoH) to run an Exambank and OSCE clinical assessments in medicine, nursing, dentistry and pharmacy
  2. Developing and implementing train-the-trainer workshops on OSCE clinical assessment for Medical / Nursing/ Dentistry/ Pharmacy trainers in Cambodia and liaising with the working groups developing core competencies for each discipline
Funded by:
- Sydney Medical School
- Shanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Medicine
MDNP staff involved: - Dr Dilhani Bandaranayake - Office for Global Health, SMS
- Associate Professor Leo Davies - Sydney Medical School
- Associate Professor Murray Fisher - Sydney Nursing School
- Dr Kirsty Foster - Sydney Medical School
- Ms Pieta Joy - Sydney Medical School
- Dr Shalinie King - Faculty of Dentistry
- Dr Rebekah Moles - Faculty of Pharmacy

Funded by:
- World Health Organisation
- MDNP Division (in kind support)
Date: Since October 2011

Education collaboration - International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate

The International Postgraduate Paediatric Certificate (IPPC) is a one (or two) year, part-time program that was rolled out nationally in Cambodia in 2009 (after being trialed in previous years as the Diploma of Child Health). It is a comprehensive overview of evidence based current best practice in all sub-specialty areas of paediatrics, from neonates to adolescents.

Key partners:
- Sydney Medical School
- Ministry of Health
- National Paediatrics Hospital - NHP (Phnom Penh)
- Angkor Hospital for Children (Siem Reap)

Sydney Medical School staff leading: - Adjunct Associate Prof Kathryn Currow - CHW
- Executive Principal - DCH / IPPC

Date: Since 2007

Education collaboration - The development and implementation of a postgraduate course in Oral surgery and externship opportunities for local students in Cambodia

The Faculty of Dentistry is working in Cambodia to develop and implement a postgraduate course in Oral surgery as well as provide externship opportunities for University of Sydney students in Cambodia.

Key partners:
University of Health Sciences, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Faculty of Dentistry staff:
Associate Professor Chris Peck, Dr Stephen Cox
Funded by:
- The University of Sydney - International Program Development Fund (IPDF)
- The Faculty of Dentistry
Date: Since January 2009

Student experience

Outgoing University of Sydney Independent Learning Activity and Elective students to Cambodia
Medical students have the opportunity to undertake independent learning activities (ILA) and electives with our Cambodian partners (including the National Paediatric Hospital and the University of Health Science, Phnom Penh). Due to the generosity of the Jackson family, the Carl Jackson Memorial Scholarship of $2,500 is available for up to two students to undertake an international placement in a South East Asian country. This scholarship is to honour the memory of Carl Jackson, a graduate of our medical program, who was tragically killed.

Research & innovation

Research collaboration - Prevalence of Rheumatic Heart Disease in Children in Rural Cambodia

Research collaboration - Developing a South East Asia Infectious Disease Research Network

Memorandum of Understanding

Sydney Medical School has had a MOU with the University of Health Sciences in Phnom Penh since 2009. The MOU formalises the relationship between the two Universities and focuses on academic exchange, internationalising student experience and research collaboration.

Interest Group

Join the Cambodia Interest Group