In October, the school hosted the visit of 13 Japanese health care professionals to participate in a program of learning about palliative care in Australia. The group comprised nurses, a psychologist, an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist, many of whom were working in palliative care settings. This was a profitable way to learn about palliative care, in keeping with the interdisciplinary team philosophy of palliative care, in supporting patients holistically.
In addition to classroom lectures about aspects of the theory and practice of palliative care, the group visited multiple sites to observe the provision of palliative care at home, in a palliative care unit, an acute hospital and an aged care facility. Many health care providers in Melbourne very generously shared their knowledge and experiences with members of the group.
One of the most important aspects of this programme was that each visitor stayed with an Australian family. This experience gave them as opportunity to not only practice their English, but to participate in family life.
In the structured group discussions, the health professionals expressed that this learning experience in Australia will significantly contribute to their future work in Japan.
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