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Curtin student nurses head to Tanzania

Media release

Four student nurses from Curtin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery will travel to Tanzania later this month to broaden their healthcare skills and expand their cultural awareness.

Final-year students Claire Bammer, Sarah Duckworth, Rhiannon Italiano and Tor Nilsen will join 16 nursing students from universities across Western Australia.

The students will travel to Tanzania on 25 November after receiving a number of generous grants from the Global Health Alliance Western Australia (GHAWA) through the Department of Health.

They will travel with expert clinicians and undertake placements at Mission Mikocheni Hospital, attached to the Hubert Kairuki Memorial University and Amana Hospital in the Tanzanian former capital city of Dar Es Salaam. The nurses will also spend time at two rural clinics in the surrounding region.

Tor Nilsen, of Spencer Park, who will be commencing a graduate program at Fremantle Hospital after graduating from Curtin’s Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree, said the Curtin team was excited about visiting Tanzania.

“This opportunity will enable us to see how a healthcare system runs and functions in a different country,” Mr Nilsen said.

“I’m looking forward to spending two weeks in Tanzania putting what I have learnt over the last few years into practice, offering advice and helping patients.

“I also can’t wait to learn about the diverse Tanzanian culture and work with nursing students from fellow WA universities.”

Professor Mark Jones, Director of GHAWA, said the international placements, now in their second year, allow the students to develop skills and knowledge in dealing with transcultural healthcare issues.


Kristy Jones, Public Relations, Curtin University
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