Nurses foster international ties

Julie Russell, RGH Auxiliary President Joan Salter, Sue Thomas and Lynda Deacon
Julie Russell, RGH Auxiliary President Joan Salter, Sue Thomas and Lynda Deacon
January 13, 2017

Rockingham General Hospital (RGH) Clinical Nurse Specialist Acute Pain and Palliative Care Sue Thomas and Staff Development Educator Julie Russell are heading to Tanzania in March to share their healthcare expertise with local health professionals.

The trip is part of a Global Health Alliance of WA (GHAWA) (external link) initiative that aims to collaboratively support underprivileged countries through nursing and midwifery education, training and clinical resources.

Sue, who will be volunteering in Tanzania for the third time, said she was looking forward to strengthening ties with clinical staff in the country’s state hospital.

“We are excited to be part of an initiative that enables us to bridge the educational gap and enable local nurses to deliver quality care,” she said.

“This is an opportunity to network and learn from each other’s cultures and experiences.”

The nurses will provide training across a range of areas including patient assessment, infection prevention and management, pain management, prioritising care for unstable and unwell patient and basic life support.

They will also bring with them a suitcase of pocket watches generously donated by the RGH Auxiliary to be distributed to local nurses.