University of Sydney Health Care Team Challenge 2012

This year Sydney Nursing School will be hosting the University of Sydney Health Care Team Challenge and you're all invited to come along and support our students from Nursing and Health Sciences.

The HCTC is a cross-faculty interprofessional competition designed to promote and recognise excellence in health care management. Organised in conjunction with the Faculty of Health Sciences, the competition gives students the opportunity to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams of four to five to design an evidence-based health care plan. Students will then present their cases in front of a panel of judges who will nominate the teams with the most appropriate health care plans.

  • Wednesday 6 June 2012
    6–7.30pm
    Main Lecture Theatre BG.01

Last year our team made it to the finals and were awarded second place. Read on to find out more...

Sydney Nursing School second year nursing student Louise Kan represented the faculty and the team that came second in the National HealthFusion Team Challenge.

The University of Sydney student interprofessional health care team was awarded 2nd place in 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 concept was initially developed by academics from the University of British Columbia over 20 years ago and has run at the University of Queensland since 2007. After local success, The University of Queensland now hosts this as a national competition. The University of Sydney first participated in 2010. The feedback from these students in regards to the opportunity to work with their fellow students from other disciplines – and indeed other faculties – was overwhelmingly positive. So much so, a local-level competition was run this year by Faculty of Health Sciences in conjunction with Sydney Medical School and Sydney Nursing School.

The winning team from this event went on to represent Sydney University in the national competition.

2011 National HealthFusion Team Challenge

The University of Sydney inter-professional health team consisted of students from medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and exercise science and despite strong competition from seven other Australian universities, were awarded second place.

The team with Dr Chris Gordon

The team with Dr Chris Gordon



The student interprofessional health team, The Majestic Dolphins, consisted of:


Cameron Dunn – Medicine

Linda Xu – Physiotherapy

Louise Kan – Nursing

Lluisa Murray – Occupational Therapy

Lucy Kaan – Speech Pathology

Siwei Hu – Exercise & Sport Science






The team managed to squeeze in preparation for the pre-competition presentation (and some very minimal faculty coaching) around their competing examination and assignment schedules. Dr Christopher Gordon from Sydney Nursing School accompanied the team to Brisbane. According to Dr Gordon, the team worked until 2am on their case presentation, 'rehearsing and refining to ensure that the key features of the case were prominent and that the team dynamics were evident'.

The clinical case study given to all the student participants was about Stephen, a 23-year-old Aboriginal man who was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained significant brain and chest trauma. After a long and complicated hospitalisation, Stephen spent time in an inpatient rehabilitation unit before discharge home. The students' teams were constituted as an interprofessional community outreach team tasked with providing support to young people with severe or enduring health problems. Stephen’s case included numerous ongoing medical, family and social issues that the teams had to prioritise and address.

The initial task for the students was to conduct a five-minute interview (which was videoed) with Stephen's mother, Melinda (played by an actress). The team had a short preparation time and needed to work out the logistics of interviewing Melinda to gain the most crucial information about Stephen’s family's needs and concerns. Dr Gordon considered that 'this was a very difficult task and the students applied themselves admirably'.

Following this, the University of Sydney students presented their management plan for Stephen to a live audience and judges. The team did an excellent job and greatly impressed the judges and audience who responded enthusiastically.

Throughout the day the student teams participated in other team-based activities prior to the final.

The University of Sydney, Deakin University, and the University of Queensland were selected for the final based on the combined judges' scores (national and international experts in interprofessional health and Aboriginal health). The finals consisted of another five-minute presentation, with a follow up question and then a physical challenge (which was not assessed!). Following deliberation, the judges announced that Deakin University had won with University of Sydney a very close second.

Overall it was great event with the students performing admirably. One of the Sydney students said this experience 'has provided a greater motivation to work in health care and not be afraid to do it with some individuality'. Dr Gordon commented 'they made me immensely proud'. The standard of competition was high and the second place in this national competition demonstrated the students' hard work and commitment to interprofessional teamwork.

Thanks to the following mentors and supporters: Dr Geraldine Bricker Katz (speech pathology), Dr Christopher Gordon (nursing), Daniel Hackett (exercise & sport science), Dr Peter Henke (medicine), A/Prof Christine Jorm (medicine), Prof Michelle Lincoln (health sciences), Dr Judy Ranka (occupational therapy), Angela Stark (physiotherapy), Elaine Tam (librarian) and Peggy Timmins (health sciences).