Timor Leste’s Ministry of Health, the National Hospital of Guido Valadares and the Institute of Health Sciences in Dili have joined forces with the University of Sydney to improve the capacity of the critical care workforce in Timor Leste.
The University's team includes members from Sydney Nursing School and Sydney Medical School, as well as others from Northern Clinical School, ICU and Royal North Shore Hospital.
We continue to work with the Timorese health system to develop a systematic, practical and team-oriented critical care education program for health professionals, as part of an ongoing, evidence-based, practical and effective way of imparting knowledge and developing skills in the area of critical care nursing.
The International Project Development Fund and Sydney Nursing School have funded a project concerning "Capacity building for international Nursing and Midwifery research collaboration".
The aim of this program is to initiate an exchange visit between staff of Sydney Nursing School and nurses at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China. The Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney already has a significant research and teaching relationship with the medical and science faculties of Shanghai Jiao Tong. This program proposes to extend capacity for collaborative health research and professional development by initiating a research and teaching relationship with other members of the health team from Shanghai Jiao Tong, namely the nurses and/or midwives.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Sydney Nursing School staff:
Professor Jill White
Associate Professor Donna Waters
Matthew Ah Chow and Stephanie Compton were the first of several nursing students from the University to receive scholarships from the Hoc Mai Australia Vietnam Medical Foundation, which allowed them to undertake a one-month clinical placement in Vietnam.
Stephanie commented on her time in the theatres: "I have realised that whilst the surgery that occurs might be fairly universal, the nurses providing post-operative care do so withour the help of many things we take for granted at home."
Many nursing students are confident that a nursing qualification will give them the chance to make a difference in the world, and scholarships like this create a wonderful opportunity to follow that path.
In winter 2009 a number of PhD students and academics from the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery took part in a summer school hosted by the Nursing PhD Program at the Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The International Nursing PhD Collaboration (InPhD) was created in 2004 by academics from the University of Toronto, University of Ballearic Islands (Spain), University of Melbourne, and University of Nuevo Leon (Mexico) to offer nurses the opportunity to be educated on global health and nursing issues from a research perspective. In 2007 the University of Sydney joined the program and Sydney Nursing School's Professor Trudy Rudge has played a major role in the collaboration which she describes as providing "an excellent opportunity for early career researchers to make international links and engage in intensive discussion and debate with their international colleagues".
Our two PhD students were Jasmine Cheung and Christina Aggar. Jasmine undertook research into nurses’ experiences of caring for outlier patients in an acute care setting while Christina undertook research into nurses' knowledge and attitudes of palliative care in residential aged care facilities. Associate Professor Maureen Boughton, then Director International Programs, also attended.