Barefoot Nurses: Basic Skills in Medical Aid, Timor-Leste
ACU's Barefoot Nurses program trains local nurses, pharmacists and health care workers to be more adequately informed and equipped when caring for people in isolated regions of Baucau, Timor-Leste.
Earlier this year an ACU team went to Baucau to provide some training as an introduction to the formal program which will be open to people from Baucau and surrounding villages.
The ACU team consisted of Sr Monica Whelan LCM, ACU nursing lecturer Christian Pedrosa, Helen Peters from IACE, and a group of eight ACU nursing, midwifery and paramedicine students.
"We covered a lot of ground in the six days," said Sr Whelan. "We looked at how to treat fractures, burns, cuts and wounds. We addressed diarrhoea, malnutrition, worms, nutrition for children and babies and skin problems. We also taught a unit in cancer care, lung conditions, infectious diseases and immunisation.
"The Farmacia in Baucau is one of the health clinic sites for the Barefoot Nurses program and our focus on this clinic has given the people of Baucau a new confidence to access good health services."
The Barefoot Nurses program is an initiative of ACU's Institute for Advancing Community Engagement.