An Australian university has connected with a Saudi Arabian hospital to further nursing and allied health expertise and raise cross-cultural awareness between the institutions.
Federation University Australia (FedUni) has partnered with Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City, a non-profitable rehabilitation hospital located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for the Exchanging Best Practice and Leadership Building in Nursing/Allied Health project.
Professor Penny Paliadelis, executive dean of the Faculty of Health at FedUni, said both organisations have a shared emphasis on the development of nursing and allied healthcare workers for the advancement of patient-centred care.
The project will include educational sessions in best practice and nursing leadership at FedUni and in Riyadh. A delegation from Riyadh will visit the university later this year, followed by a FedUni delegation heading to the Saudi Arabian hospital early next year.
The project will not only promote the development of clinical skills but also offer delegates opportunities to learn more about the culture of the city they visit. It is supported by the federal government’s Council for Australian-Arab Relations.
Fergal Grace, professor of clinical exercise physiology at the Faculty of Health, said the delegates from the hospital will get to spend some time in Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and visit Phillip Island. Meanwhile, the Australian troupe will experience the lifestyle in Riyadh.
The partners aim to make the project sustainable through a train-the-trainer approach and by formalising student and educator exchange opportunities.Do you have an idea for a story?
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