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Students Attend Winter School in India

The Go Global team are now offering Health Sciences students the opportunity to participate in international short term programs. A group of students recently joined a Community Orientation Program, Winter School on Public Health in India, with partner university MS Ramaiah Medical College.

The 32 students, including 13 from Curtin University, were based at a rural health training centre in Kaiwara, a small town about 70km north-east of Bangalore. The training centre is part of the Department of Community Medicine.

Thirteen Curtin students participated in the program.
Thirteen Curtin students participated in the program.

The program is designed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to initiate, monitor, develop and strengthen their role as health professionals in the community. Students gained an insight into rural India and learnt about the country’s health profile, socio-economic profile, culture, philosophy, development challenges and public health aspects.

 

The students in front of the health training centre in Kaiwara, a small town about 70km north-east of Bangalore.
The students in front of the health training centre in Kaiwara, a small town about 70km north-east of Bangalore.

The learning environment involved field visits, observations, close community interaction, simulation exercises, demonstrations, counselling techniques and qualitative and quantitative methods of research. Each student was paired with a local student to enable greater interaction and learning. Students also participated in an optional weekend excursion to Mysore, Bellur and Halebedu.

The Curtin students were from social work, laboratory medicine, nursing, OT, speech pathology, psychology, molecular genetics and biotechnology.

Curtin students creating artwork for the community.
Curtin students creating artwork for the community.