University students working together for better rural health

COLLABORATION: Students and lecturers who participated in the joint exercise at CSU in Bathurst last month.
COLLABORATION: Students and lecturers who participated in the joint exercise at CSU in Bathurst last month.

Students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst recently joined with students from Western Sydney University (WSU) for a one-day rural health education collaboration.

Associate lecturer in paramedicine in the School of Biomedical Sciences at CSU in Bathurst Amanda Hlushak  said the inaugural education day consisted of a series of inter-professional clinical simulations.

These involved health students from the nursing and paramedicine programs at Charles Sturt University and medical students from WSU’s Bathurst Rural Clinical School.

“The event saw students participating in rural-focused clinical simulations which allow them to work alongside fellow students from other disciplines to prepare them for future workplace practice,” Ms Hlushak said.

“Allowing university students to work together in this way, before they enter the workforce, is likely to improve future workplace relationships and, most importantly, improve future patient care outcomes.”

Ms Hlushak said that these types of collaborative education days were important initiatives in helping increase health professionals’ knowledge of rural health issues.

She said the seminars were also a useful way to help break down barriers that currently exist between health disciplines.

“Our aim is to continue to run these events, to provide our local students with a broader education experience,” she said.

“We can also showcase Bathurst as an excellent regional educational provider in health.”

The inaugural one-day inter-professional rural health education event was staged at the Charles Sturt University campus in Bathurst on Saturday, October 14.