Eye-opener for students

THREE Fijian radiography students finished their week-long placement at the Tamworth Base Hospital yesterday on Friday with an increased

understanding of imaging


Through the Fiji School of Medicine (FSM) students Ashneel Chand, Raymond Keshwan and Raksha Anand won a scholarship that gave them the chance to travel to Australia and learn about advanced technologies unavailable in Fiji. These include magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and multi-slice CT scanning.

“The people at the hospital have been very supportive of us. We have been able to see and experience what is done in Australia and will take home heightened knowledge of radiology,” Ms Anand said.

Accompanying the students was senior lecturer in diagnostic radiography at FSM, Soji Ajibulu. He has been delighted with how much the students have learned in just one week.

“The students’ observation of modern radiographic techniques will help them improve and enhance their clinical training and experience. This will impact on their practice when they graduate,” Mr Ajibulu said.

Tamworth Base Hospital’s Imaging Services manager, Brad Hanson, said the students had been “gob smacked” by

the high level of imaging

technology in rural NSW.

University Department of Rural Health medical radiation science senior lecturer Tony Smith said the boundaries for medical imaging were far broader than they had thought.

“They have had their eyes wide open the whole time absorbing as much as they can,” he said.

“Through their week’s visit the students are seeing things only seen in their textbooks being translated in to real life right before their eyes,” Mr Smith said.

Next week the students will travel to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital to visit the radiology services there.

Although no plans have been made to make such visits an annual affair, there will undoubtedly be an ongoing relationship between the radiography programs at UNE and FSM.

“We look forward to having more of these opportunities to increase the standards of clinical training in radiography in Fiji and our neighbouring countries in the South Pacific will benefit greatly from this as well,” Mr Ajibulu said.

Mr Smith said the support of Castlereagh Imaging and the Tamworth Base Hospital were greatly appreciated throughout the week.

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