Aged care a new field for Thai nursing students

May 17, 2016

Murdoch is hosting a student delegation from Payap University, Chiang MaiMurdoch University has hosted its first group of visiting international nursing students this month, welcoming a group from Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Two lecturers and seven students were based at the Mandurah campus for three weeks, attending lectures and classes, as well as undertaking two weeks of aged care practice at Mercy Place in Mandurah.

Nursing lecturer Caroline Browne said the visit has been a great success.

“We have been taking nursing students to Thailand for four years to learn more about working with local community health workers delivering health clinics in rural villages,” Ms Browne said.

“It is fantastic to repay the hospitality to student nurses from Thailand for a few weeks.”

Ms Browne said the students were fascinated by the more hands on approach to education in Australia compared to Thailand, particularly the simulation suite.

A two week placement working at Mercy Place was another particular highlight for the Thai group, providing the students with the chance to experience aged care nursing for the first time.

“Aged Care Nursing is a relatively new discipline in Thailand as older people have traditionally remained in the care of their family households.

“We provided a chance to undertake an aged care placement in Australia so that the students could experience a health care environment that is very different to their placements in Thailand.”

“International exchanges offer students an opportunity to see the strengths of different health care systems and a cross-pollination of ideas between nursing students.”

The students return to Thailand on May 22, and a delegation of Murdoch University nursing students will visit Payap University in Chiang Mai next month.

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Media contact: Pepita Smyth
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