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Congratulations to the University of Sydney HealthFusion Team


29 September 2010

A team of students from across the University of Sydney's faculties of health will compete at the 2nd National Australian HealthFusion Health Care Team Challenge in Brisbane this Friday.

Inspired by a program at the University of British Columbia and launched in Australia by the University of Queensland, the HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) is a fun and dynamic competition that promotes interprofessional collaboration and client-centred care.

THE TEAM: (L to R): Benjamin Tassie (medicine), Melissa Buduls (OT), ClaireGill (physio), Stephanie Hulewicz (speech), Erin Law (nursing & midwifery) Nicholas Mudaliar (ESS)
THE TEAM: (L to R): Benjamin Tassie (medicine), Melissa Buduls (OT), ClaireGill (physio), Stephanie Hulewicz (speech), Erin Law (nursing & midwifery) Nicholas Mudaliar (ESS)

The University of Sydney team competed against interprofessional student health teams from other universities across Australia to tackle a complex clinical case study. They were required to work together in order to develop and present a multidisciplinary management plan to an audience of local practitioners, interstate university representatives, academic staff, registry boards and students.

"While they didn't make it to the final round, the team did an excellent management plan and presentation, and did particularly well on the team task of interviewing the patient," said Team Coordinator Associate Professor Michelle Lincoln from the Faculty of Health Sciences. "For their first year in the competition this was a great result and I think the student found it to be a really positive experience."

Team member, Benjamin Tassie from Sydney Medical School agrees stating, "It was great to have the chance to meet other students from around Australia and work with students from other disciplines. It was my first exposure to being a part of a multidisciplinary team and I really enjoyed it!"

At the competition in Brisbane
At the competition in Brisbane

The winner of the 2010 Oz HFTC was Griffith University's PARC Team, while Monash University's EQUIP Team took out the audience Choice Award for the second year running.