Destinations and placements

In 2019 Go Global will be partnering with host sites in Cambodia, China, India and Vietnam. To find out more about each placement just click on the country tabs below.

Cambodia The Go Global program has been operating in Cambodia since 2012 and we are very proud of the contribution students have made to the local community.

Since 2012, Go Global groups to Cambodia have consisted of a variety of health science students working with a number of host sites. Cambodia has very few allied health care professionals other than physiotherapists, so this is an opportunity to provide input as to what these professions are able to provide in the management of clients with a range of disabilities and conditions. We are fortunate to have partnerships with five host sites in North West Cambodia which include World Mate Emergency Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation Centre, Military Handicap Development Centre, Military Regional Station no.4 Hospital and Grace House Community Centre.

Students will have the opportunity to interact with clients whose main presentations include things like large bone fractures, amputations, brain injury, and rehabilitation needs. Students may also be involved in presenting education sessions and workshops. This is a challenging placement and students need to be able to rely on their clinical and theoretical knowledge whilst also relying on their peers and the local staff for advice and assistance.

China Go Global China has partnerships with Hua Shan Hospital and Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre in Shanghai.

China’s healthcare system has improved significantly over the past decade, and in this time has undergone significant reorganisation in an attempt to achieve universal health-care coverage by 2020 (World Health Organisation, 2005). Some gains apparent during this time of change include an improved life expectancy, a lowered child mortality rate and reduced cases of infectious diseases. However, due to the increase in lifestyle risk factors, non-communicable diseases such as obesity and diabetes have increased and have become the main causes of death in China (World Health Organisation, 2005). The public hospitals in China are classified under level one, two or three. Level three is considered the highest level and one of the requirements to achieve this level is to have a rehabilitation department.

Go Global China has partnerships with Hua Shan Hospital and Sunshine Rehabilitation Centre in Shanghai, both of which are classed as level three.

Through our partnerships, Go Global China Curtin students will have the opportunity to work in outpatient rehabilitation departments, international wards and public wards. Students will engage with local therapists and therapy students and there will be ample opportunities to participate in interprofessional practice with diverse and complex caseloads.

India Go Global partners with Society for Education, Village Action and Improvement (SEVAI), an organisation which coordinates a number of rural development programs throughout Southern India.

Go Global partners with Society for Education, Village Action and Improvement (SEVAI) Society for Education, Village Action and Improvement (SEVAI), an organisation which coordinates a number of rural development programs throughout Southern India, and The Spastics Society of Tiruchirapalli.

Students work primarily with SEVAI’s schools including SEVAI Shanthi School and Pazhassi Raja Tribal School.

The overarching goal of this placement is to build the capacity of the students, local staff and families to address and advocate for their own health needs. Access to healthcare and education is limited in this rural community, so Go Global aims to provide assistance and education to empower and enable the community to achieve desired health outcomes.

The Spastics Society of Tiruchirapalli was founded in 1982 with the objective of training, educating and rehabilitating children with cerebral palsy in Trichirapalli District. The centre houses an inter-disciplinary team comprising professionals in various fields and uses a holistic approach to education. The organisation’s topmost objectives are to provide for the treatment, education and rehabilitation of children affected by Cerebral Palsy. Services provided include Day Care Programme, Residential Care Programme, Clinics, Mobile and Peripheral Programmes etc., for the care and welfare of children with Cerebral Palsy.

Vietnam The Go Global program partners with the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) who run an internship for young adults, providing training on leadership, critical thinking, personal development, volunteer management and social entrepreneurship.

The Center for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) has far reaching involvement in development and empowerment of poor, disabled and remote rural communities through education and engagement. One of these sites is the Hoa Binh Centre for Social Protection which Go Global has been sending students to since July 2016. The placement provides students with the opportunity to gain exposure to a wide range of conditions making this a challenging and rewarding experience. As the concept of allied health is only just emerging in Vietnam, the Go Global program provides an innovative service and opportunity for residents and staff to improve their access to healthcare.

This placement will challenge students beyond the parameters and hours of a traditional setting and will provide opportunities for development of initiative, flexibility, team work and creativity.

“There are wonderful lessons to be learned from the organised sense of industry and community of the Vietnamese people. The dignity of working and contributing at any level is highly therapeutic and gives abandoned and disabled people dignity, purpose and also close social and emotional connection. Go Global Vietnam truly gives students the opportunity to view the community as the client.”

Nicki Hurwitz, Go Global Vietnam Coordinator, 2015