Eight students from Edith Cowan University (ECU), Arellano University ‘s partner school in Perth, Western Australia participated in the most recent AU Community Clinical Placement Program last October 9 to 20, 2017. The group was led by Sue Robertson, Lecturer and Unit Coordinator of ECU Nursing and Midwifery.
The community experience began at Brgy. Masalipit, San Miguel, Bulacan, where a two-day medical mission was conducted led by the Arellano University International Nursing Program ( INP ) doctors: Dr. Emerita Mendoza, Dr. Elaine Detera, Dr. Anna-Katharina Pena and our guest Dr. Lucy Reyes. The ECU students were partnered with the INP students in the consultations , teaching programs and distribution of medicines donated by the ECU students.
Another activity was the school nursing wherein they provided hygiene kits for the preschool and elementary students of Brgy. Masalipit. The children were taught proper handwashing and toothbrushing through playful activities and songs. The week was concluded by a post immersion evaluation followed by a boodle fight attended by the barangay officials and health workers of the community.
For the second week of the immersion, the participants were engaged with the community health programs in Pangil, Laguna. They had the chance to do the Vitamin A supplementation under the “Garantisadong Pambata” project and feeding program under the “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” project which are mandated by the Department of Health and the local health unit of Pangil. Another unique experience for the students was the visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid, provided to the women in the community as an initial screening for cervical cancer. Other activities were immunizations for newborn and children and home visits to selected patients who were also be given medical assistance by the ECU students.
A visit to Child Haus and National Center for Mental Health(NCMH) was also made. The Australian students were able to do a brief patient engagement with the children of Child Haus, and they also handed some donations to the patients. At NCMH, they were introduced to the system of the largest psychiatric facility in the Philippines.
The smooth flow of the activities was made possible by Dr. Emerita Mendoza, INP Director and Ms. Bernadine Navalta, Community Clinical Coordinator of AU College of Nursing. INP Professors, Mr. Ruben Ramos and Ms. Carla Cara, supervised and assisted the ECU students during the two-week period. – Reporting by Carla May P. Cara, RN, MAN
CCPP Orientation at Arellano University. Attended by Sue Robertson , ECU Lecturer and Unit Coordinator
(standing, 3rd from left) and ECU students. Representatives from the 2nd year INP students also attended the
orientation together with the INP Faculty, Dr. Emerita Mendoza, INP Director ( extreme left, standing) and
Ms. Bernadine Navalta, Community Coordinator ( left, standing, with striped blouse).
Courtesy call. . ECU and INP representatives pose for a photo op with Mayor Marivee Mendez-Coronel
of San Miguel , Bulacan.
Proper toothbrushing.Learning hygiene has never been this fun for these preschoolers. ECU Students
are teaching them how to properly brush their teeth through a playful song.
Garantisadong Pambata: Giving Vitamin A supplementation to the children of Pangil, Laguna.
Cervical inspection.One of the students performs the visual inspection of the cervix using acetic acid.
Immunization for babies and kids. It’s immunization day for the newborns and they look happy with it.
Donation by previous batch of ECU students. Sue Robertson giving her message as she led the
inauguration of the Breastfeeding Room located at the 2nd floor of a market place in Pangil, Laguna.
Home visits Going on a home visit is not easy, but it’s all worth it. The ECU students walk
their way towards the home of a patient in a community of Pangil.