Sydney Medical School lecturers build links with Hainan

25 November 2013

The University's Sydney Medical School continues to strengthen partnership with China, following a recent visit to Hainan by researchers Dr Michael Burke and Dr Michael Tan to take part in the Second Annual Hainan General Practice Conference.

The visit was part of the Partnerships in International Medical Education (PRIME) program of HealthServe Australia.

Dr Burke and Dr Tan, lecturers in the Department of General Practice, workshopped issues including disease prevention and care management to Chinese general practitioners and medical students.

Dr Burke said: "Discussions about the concerns and issues around general practice are more necessary now than ever since the Chinese national leadership has announced a massive rollout of general practitioner services nationally over the next ten to fifteen years."

His presentations focused on the nature of general practice and a case study of pain management and palliative care for a patient, involving a community nurse and a general practitioner.

Dr Tan presented a case study about a man with chronic back pain to share how patient values, expectations, attitudes and culture are essential components of a care management plan in general practice.

Dr Tan said: "The plan has to be implemented through the doctor crafting a partnership with the patient, with continuity of care and comprehensiveness of care so that the care management plan is appropriate for each patient."

Hainan has become a major tourist destination in southern China, giving the Sydney Medical School visitors a chance to explore the city's cultural environment while discussing possible collaborative opportunities with their hosts.

Dr Burke said: "Our sense was that our presentations were well received and valued. We met with the local general practice leadership group and our discussions about possible collaborations were very fruitful."

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