Go Global Cambodia 2015
In November 2015, final year health science students travelled to Cambodia for their last clinical placement. The student interprofessional team comprised of occupational therapists, nurses and a physiotherapist with the support of clinical supervisors Jane Bahen and Stuart Youngson.
The students had little time for rest having recently finished a clinical placement and then immersed in Cambodian culture a few days later. Starting in Phnom Penh the orientation was quite emotional with the beauty of the temples and museum being contrasted by the confronting nature of the killing fields. Although challenging, the orientation provided students valuable context before heading to their placement in Battambang.
Students were split across two host sites once they arrived in Battambang, Handa Medical Centre and Battambang Physical Rehabilitation Centre. At the medical centre, students built upon the previous work of other groups with projects designed to assist with women’s health and wound care. As it was the first student group to work at the rehabilitation centre an interprofessional needs assessment was conducted. Education in the areas of stroke, cerebral palsy and manual handling were identified as needs that future students could address. Upon departure of the supervisors it was great to see the progress students had made, collaborating effectively across disciplines and building strong working relationships with the host sites.
Go Global teams are expected to head back to Cambodia in 2016 to build upon the work of the November 2015 team.