e-Newsflash - December 2013
Join our team of tutors in 2014!
Northern Clinical School is delighted to be collaborating with Northern Sydney Local Health District in research and education activities to ensure the delivery of excellence in clinical care to the people of the Health District now and into the future. A key element of this is the clinical teaching of almost 300 medical students at all levels of the Sydney Medical Program whose home school is Northern and who gain experience in clinical settings throughout the LHD.
We are lucky to have a large number of fantastic teachers already involved in teaching on the RNSH campus – and at Manly, Mona Vale, Ryde, Hornsby and the Mater as well as in a variety of community settings. We hope that if you are already one of those teachers that you will join our team of teachers again in 2014. If you are not already teaching with us we hope that you will consider joining up! While the teaching is not paid, regular clinical tutors are encouraged to apply for University of Sydney affiliated academic titles through the Clinical School and to take advantage of the privileges that this offers. An outline is available on the Sydney Medical School Northern website.
If you would like to become or continue as a tutor next year, please complete the online form by 4th December. Indicate your availability and your interest and we will contact you to confirm or discuss. If you know of someone who may like to become involved in teaching please pass this onto them or let us know and we can contact them directly. If you have already been approached directly by one of our Education Support Officers for specialty blocks or other teaching please don’t worry about completing this form. Please don’t hesitate to contact Claire Bridgman on 9926 4678 if you have any queries about this.
Hoc Mai Health Literacy Workshop
A Northern Clinical School team has worked with health professionals and village leaders in rural remote Vietnam to help improve maternal and child health.
Under the auspices of the Hoc Mai foundation and funded by an AusAid public sector linkage program grant, Dr Kirsty Foster has led teams of obstetricians, paediatricians, nurses and midwives in running three six-day workshops during 2013. Each workshop is run by a team of five Australian tutors: in addition to Kirsty, Dr Sean Seeho, A/Professor Martin Kluckow, Professor Warwick Giles and Diana Bond all from Royal North Shore and Northern Clinical School have been involved in the project in Dien Bien Province, one of Vietnam’s poorest. Ms Julie Rogers, Nurse Unit Manager in Child and Family Health at Hornsby, Ms Cathy Adams, Midwifery Consultant Northern Sydney Local Health District, Ms Margot Malcolm, community paediatric nurse, Ms Margaret Bell, Midwife and Dr Phillippa Ramsay, obstetrician have also participated during this year.
As well as honing knowledge and skills in doctors and midwives in Dien Bien, the workshops brought health professionals together with village leaders to discuss health issues and learn from each other. The ultimate aim of the project is to improve community health literacy among ethnic minority groups who are the most vulnerable. Dr Luong Duc Son, Vice Director of Dien Bien Department of Health is extremely supportive of the initiative as is the Vietnamese Women’s Union which originally requested assistance because of the high maternal and infant mortality rates in the Province. Funding is currently being sought to extend the successful initiative.
This year the university will close for the Christmas holiday period at 5pm on Tuesday 17th December. We will reopen in the new year on Thursday 2nd January 2014.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the Northern Clinical School!
If you would like to contribute to this newsletter, or have any feedback, please contact Claire Bridgman.
Sydney Medical School - Northern
Phone: 02 9926 4678
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