Healthy Start Training Workshop @ UQ
On Wednesday 13 May, we hosted our first ever Healthy Start training workshop at UQ! Our Refugee Health convenors have been out and about organising our inaugural session. Hearing the wise words of Belinda Aldridge from MDA, Dr Margaret Kay and Andrew Bartlett, we learnt lots about working with people from refugee backgrounds in the clinical environment and the importance of cultural competency. As health professionals, the night focused on professional communication with interpreters, peers and clients to ensure that delivering health education was at its best. We ran through some health modules such as General Health, Women's Health, and Nutrition. All in all, it was super exciting to meet and see 50 enthusiastic faces who were ready for their crusade to make the world a better place!
Healthy Start Toowoomba #1
While you guys were enjoying your precious Saturday (and gearing up for the May Ball), an equally sassy bunch of UQ and Griffith students made a Lord of the Rings journey for our first Healthy Start session in Toowoomba. On our beautiful Saturday morning, we met with 15 Afghani women and 2 interpreters to kick start our discussion around healthcare in Australia. Three awesome students, Eliza, Hannah and Sarah, from the Glennie School began with a presentation about the schooling system in Australia, the importance of learning, and how there are definitely countless opportunities to do so. Throughout the day, we presented topics such as General Health, GP, Hospital & Emergency, Nutrition, and Women's Health. Overall, it was a rewarding experience to work with everyone who spent their Saturday with us!
-by Minnie Vo, TIME Refugee Health Convenor