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.

For more information visit acu.edu.au/iace

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Insight Magazine Issue 12 - Spring 2015

Contact ACU:

Barefoot Nurses

Sr Monica Whelan
Community Engagement Facilitator (Health Beyond Borders)
Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
T: +612 9701 4142 
E: Monica.whelan@acu.edu.au

Dr Youssef Taouk
Research Associate
Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
T: +612 9701 4347
E: youssef.taouk@acu.edu.au

IACE Campus Community Engagement Contacts

Brisbane
Ms Janine Quine
Community Engagement Facilitator
Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
T: +61 7 3623 7768
E:janine.quine@acu.edu.au

Fitzroy and Ballarat
Mary Campbell
Relations Coordinator
Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
T: +61 3 9953 3381
E: mary.campbell@acu.edu.au

Strathfield and North Sydney
Daniel Nelson
Community Engagement Facilitator
Institute for Advancing Community Engagement
T: +61 2 9701 4432
E: daniel.nelson@acu.edu.au or iace@acu.edu.au