|Study trip: 20 representives of Myanmar's health sector visited Mildura as part of a 10-week visit to Victoria.|
A group of women from Myanmar hope information they gained from a visit to Mildura this week will help improve community health issues in their country.
The 20 senior representatives of Myanmar’s health sector were hosted for three days by Monash School of Rural Health Mildura.
Organised by the Monash Sustainability Institute, the 10-week visit to Victoria is funded by a range of organisations including the Australian and Myanmar Governments, and the United Nations.
The women have been to various Monash campuses including hospitals and rural health care facilities. Monash researchers are keen to learn about current issues in Myanmar community health while the Myanmar group is learning of Monash initiatives in community health and related areas.
According to the Head of the School of Rural Health Professor Judi Walker, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS present serious health issues in Myanmar.
‘However, mortality and serious illness can often be prevented through adoption of primary health care interventions,” Prof Walker said.
Monday, the visiting fellows toured the Mildura clinical school which included time in the simulation and women’s health training facilities. They also toured the Mildura Base Hospital and at dinner that night, spoke to medical students about HIV/AIDS issues in Myanmar.
Mallee District Aboriginal Services (MDAS) hosted the group on Tuesday which included a visit to Coomealla Health Aboriginal Corporation. Wednesday saw a visit to the Robinvale Medical Clinic followed by a cruise on the River Murray.
Professor Walker said understanding the social context in which community health care was extended was as important as understanding conventional medical practice.
“Monash and Myanmar will establish an enduring collaborative relationship which is responsive to improved health outcomes,” she added.
Arrangements for the Myanmar visitors were organised by SRH Mildura’s Regional Manager,” Kendall Livingston.
“It was a pleasure to meet these outstanding women and we hope that one day some of them may return to Mildura for a follow-up visit,” she said.