Learnings to take home

By Ashlea Witoslawski

Delegates from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Indonesia spent last Friday with officials from The University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health, Goulburn Valley Health and the Murray to the Mountains Rural Community Intern Training Program, to learn more about rural health practices.

The group of five travelled from Melbourne, where they had spent the week visiting a number of universities and teaching hospitals.

Universitas Gadjah Mada Undergraduate Study Program in Medicine head Denny Agustiningsih said they had learned a lot from their visit and were looking forward to implementing new learnings back home.

‘‘We’re really trying to redesign how we teach in a rural area,’’ Dr Agustiningsih said.

‘‘We’ve learnt a lot about management of teachers and students as well as how we treat the rural program and recruit students.’’

Dr Agustiningsih also said they had learned a lot about curriculum and assessment.

The group arrived in Melbourne around lunchtime and were treated to a welcome lunch with students and staff.

This was followed by an overview about the Shepparton Rural Clinical School and rural teaching hospitals hosted by University of Melbourne Department of Rural Health director, professor Lisa Bourke.

The group then took part in a tour of the school and GV Health hospital before returning to Melbourne, concluding their visit.