Students band together for rural health

21 September 2014

More than 50 health students from across the ACT region have battled it out for the crown at the first Inter-Professional Health student night at The Canberra Hospital.

The students, from medical, nursing, midwifery, para-medicine and allied health disciplines, came together with the aim of supporting rural health with the participants learning new skills and promoting better quality care for future patients.

The students, from ANU, the University of Canberra (UC) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) rotated through 11 different stations, earning points for skill and teamwork.

Each station was taught by a dedicated health professional from a range of areas in Canberra. They helped students practice vital skills such as an electrocardiogram (ECG), delivering a newborn baby and understanding cultural safety. Each of the teams contained a mixture of one ANU medical student and students from UC and ACU.

The winning team was awarded The Best Inter-professional Health Student Team of 2014 award.

Second year ANU Medical student Marc Heggart, who was in the winning team, said it was his first opportunity to work with students from other fields in a clinical environment.

“It was a great opportunity to talk to others from different professions, such as nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy and learn from them,” Heggart said.

“It has helped me get a better understanding of the roles other disciplines play in health care and helped me in making connections with others in different fields.”

The ANU Rural Medical Society hosted the event at the ANU Medical School building at The Canberra Hospital campus.