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Curtin honoured by Global Health Alliance WA

[Posted: 29 January 2014]

The Global Health Alliance of Western Australia (GHAWA) has recognised Curtin University nursing students and staff by adding them to its honorary alumni roll in recognition of their dedication and achievements to the welfare of women and children whilst on placement in Tanzania.

20 student nurses and eight academics, who received the prestigious honour, were commended for the voluntary role they played in improving maternal health outcomes as well as advancing access to quality education in Tanzania over the past three years.

Professor Mark Jones, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery and Director of GHAWA, said Curtin nurse students had learnt how the healthcare system runs and functions in Tanzania and had expanded their cultural awareness by participating in the program.

“Curtin should be acknowledged for the part it has played in enhancing access to quality education to our colleagues in Africa,” Professor Jones said.

“I’d like to say a special thanks to Professor Phill Della, Head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery, for his vision and backing in supporting students and staff to participate in this life-changing program.”

The new Curtin alumni recruits were welcomed into GHAWA’s alumni association, which was officially launched by the Minister for Health, the Honourable Dr Kim Hames, on Monday 16 December.

Curtin University is one of the five Western Australian universities within GHAWA working in partnership with the Department of Health WA to improve maternal and child health in developing countries around the Indian Ocean Rim.