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Students go global in Switzerland

The Faculty of Health Sciences’ Go Global program gave students the opportunity to travel to Zurich University in Switzerland earlier in the year to participate in a number of one week development courses.

The six one week courses were part of the program Challenges in Interprofessional Health and Social Care and Cooperation, offered by the university’s School of Health Professions and the School of Social Work. Students could take up to four of the six courses.

Students from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the UK participated in the program, which was designed to bring together Swiss and international students to learn about similarities and differences in interprofessional health and social care.

The view of Winterthur behind the university, where the winter school was held.
The view of Winterthur behind the university, where the courses were held.

Eleven undergraduate Curtin students attended from OT (3), nursing (4), psychology (1), speech pathology (2) and health sciences (1). The students took courses in Counselling, Diversity and International Management in Health Professions, Study Visits and Professional Identity – Occupational Therapy Mobility Week (only available to OT students).

Occupational Therapy student, Lan Vu, said the program offered students a fantastic learning experience.

“The content was relevant and interesting and the staff were very friendly and welcoming,” she said.

“The study tours were very beneficial and included visits to hospitals, an aged care centre and a rehab clinic. I would recommend this program to other students.”

OT students from various countries gather in Zurich for a walking tour.
OT students from various countries gather in Zurich for a walking tour.