Three weeks abroad: lessons learned about the Sustainable Development Goals

Langtree, Tanya (2018) Three weeks abroad: lessons learned about the Sustainable Development Goals. In: [Presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery]. From: 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery, 17-19 July 2018, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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The inclusion of an international clinical placement (ICP) experience is gaining popularity in Australian undergraduate health degrees. Three main drivers for this increase are: students' desires to have diverse clinical experiences; an increasing need for global citizenship; and, universities competing for student enrolments (Browne, Fetherston, & Medigovich, 2015; Maginnis & Anderson, 2017). From this stance, it is understandable why ICPs in undergraduate programs remain a contentious issue. After all, the community who receive student-delivered healthcare while abroad are arguably forgotten in this motivation (Bauer, 2017). Moreover, the long-term sustainability of the healthcare program once the ICP is over is questionable (Bauer, 2017).

However, after observing the impacts of an ICP on one community in remote Indonesia, this is not necessarily the case. Instead, the program was largely community-driven and the sustainable development goals (SDGs) were visibly in action. For example, free health assessment clinics were held throughout the ICP along with several student-led preventative health education sessions to improve the health literacy levels within the community. Concurrently, the students gained meaningful insight on the impacts of the social and cultural determinants of health and what it means to be a global citizen.

This presentation will discuss the benefits on undergraduate nursing students' learning while undertaking the three week ICP in Indonesia. Areas addressed will include: observing the SDGs in action; experiencing the social and cultural determinants of health in-situ; and, developing cultural competence. Further, the presentation will share the challenges faced and strategies used to address these when facilitating an ICP for undergraduate students. Areas addressed will include: minimising cultural shock; navigating the differences in cultural and healthcare expectations; and, overcoming the variances in clinical and procedural skills. These lessons learned will provide a unique insight to the value of offering future ICPs in other developing countries.

Item ID: 64730
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: International placements
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2020 00:35
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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