Health Sciences

ACU students recognised for their contribution to health promotion in Vanuatu

ACU students recognised for their contribution to health promotion in Vanuatu L-R: Jane Allnutt, Rose McMaster and Liz Cleary (Mackillop Campus)

The students and staff from North Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane campuses who recently undertook a clinical attachment at the Vila Central Hospital on the island of Efate in Vanuatu have been given a plaque, acknowledging their contribution to the Outpatient Department.

Sr Janet Oris, the Nurse Manager of the busy Outpatient Department arranged the plaque after learning that her department would receive a 42” TV screen and a custom-made trolley to be used for health promotion activities with patients and families whilst they waited to be seen by health staff. Currently Sr Oris delivers health promotion messages every morning following devotions. The new screen will enable the messages to be shared with a bigger audience, and also when Sr Oris is away from the unit on other business.

Every year, students who are accepted to undertake the clinical attachment in Vila Vanuatu are required to undertake fundraising activities prior to their departure, to enable the purchase of much needed equipment. This year students raised an impressive $11,000. The equipment for the Outpatient Department was just one of many donations to the health services of Efate, an area that continues to support the learning opportunities of ACU undergraduate nursing, midwifery and paramedicine students.