e-Newsflash - October 2011

Red Cross Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

The importance of blood and blood products in medical practice is no secret, but commonly taken for granted by the health professions and the community. Last week at a Red Cross Blood Service Board Dinner Prof James Isbister was presented...read more...

Interprofessional Health care Challenge

Congratulations to the University of Sydney student interprofessional health care team who came second at the...read more...

Fiji and PNG Scholarship Winners 2011

Each year Northern Stage 2 students are offered the opportunity to spend time in the health facilities of Fiji and PNG. This is through a scholarship proudly sponsored by...read more...

Medicine Revue 2011

The 2011 Medicine Revue was the coming together of the Stage 1 medical students to perform a stellar show, which sold out three nights in a row at the...read more...


Red Cross Distinguished Service Award for contributions to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service

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Prof James Isbister

The importance of blood and blood products in medical practice is no secret, but commonly taken for granted by the health professions and the community. Last week at a Red Cross Blood Service Board Dinner Prof James Isbister was presented with a Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the to the Australian Red Cross and the Blood Service in particular.

It was acknowledged through this award that ‘James’ contributions to the Blood service have been outstanding’ with over 11 years service on the Advisory Committee and 6 years on the Blood Service Board. The availability of donated blood can never be taken for granted, and James’ involvement with the Blood Service has gone some way to ensuring that this great organisation continues to be highly regarded Worldwide and its contributions acknowledge by the health care profession and the Australian community. Congratulations on receiving this well deserved honour!

The award also has special meaning for James as his father, also James, a senior physician at RNSH and clinical tutor for over 30 years, received a similar award over 40 years ago.


Interprofessional Healthcare Challenge

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Congratulations to the University of Sydney student interprofessional health care team who came second at the National HealthFusion Team Challenge (Oz HFTC) held on Friday 26 August, at the University of Queensland.

The National HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is a competition for health professional students to demonstrate their expertise in interprofessional collaborative care. Students are required to develop a management plan for a client with complex needs and present this at the competition.

The University of Sydney inter-professional health team consisted of students drawn from Nursing, Medicine and Health Sciences, with one of our Northern students, Cameron Dunn, representing medicine. Well done to the whole team on this fantastic result!


Fiji and PNG Scholarship Winners 2011

Each year Northern Stage 2 students are offered the opportunity to spend time in the health facilities of Fiji and PNG. This is through a scholarship proudly sponsored by the RSL and Sydney Medical School – Northern, with places highly contested through an interview process.

I am delighted to announce that the recipients of the scholarships for 2011 are:

  • Cameron Dunn (Fiji)
  • Jennifer Ho (Fiji)
  • Alexander Davis (PNG)
  • Joanna Offord (PNG)


They will be jetting off to their respective destinations in December to spend a month working in hospitals learning from local doctors and nurses.

This is a fabulous opportunity for any student and I’m sure that they will thoroughly enjoy themselves and learn a great deal not only about medicine but also about a new culture and themselves.

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Kyle Crassini - 2010 RSL scholarship recipient


Medicine Revue 2011

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The 2011 Medicine Revue was the coming together of the Stage 1 medical students to perform a stellar show, which sold out three nights in a row at the York Theatre in the Seymour Centre.

Produced by Isabelle Kapterian and directed by Maryssa Portelli, the show titled Beauty and Deceased ran a 90 minute spectacular of gymnastics, burlesque, raps, and sketches around the core plot parody of the classic Beauty and the Beast. With Northern's own Amy McTaggart and Tarun Patel in lead roles, the show was always going to leave the audience wanting more!

This year, the Med Revue decided to forward all its profits, estimated at $60,000, to Cure Cancer Australia and Milk Crate Theatre.

Beauty and Deceased would also like to thank everyone who came for making it the highest selling revue in terms of tickets and also thank you to the biggest cast and crew of any revue this year for a brilliant performance!

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Sydney Medical School - Northern

Phone: 02 9926 4678
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Web: http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/northern