Curtin Medical School Senior Citizens program

Curtin Medical School Senior Citizens program


>>My name is Raphin Hossain I’m studying medicine here at Curtin University.>>A whole big thing about our course is learning to deal with the aged population because it’s such a big proportion of society at the moment.>>Most of these students when they graduate, will be seeing senior citizens as patients. It is one of the fastest-growing parts of our population.>>The practical component includes our aged care visits.>>So Raphin and I we visit a lady called Maureen.>>I was really delighted to meet them. We’ve had lots of interesting sessions.>>Emma and I have been pretty lucky with Maureen where she’s pretty open about her life experiences.>>I’ve had a very varied background in all sorts of things so I tell them a few stories every now and again.>>She like reminds me of my Nanna she’s so nice.>>I’m really thrilled that I met these two.>>You have to develop a relationship with these people and you’re going to be with them for five years, so you’d better do it well.>>A few times a semester we go and we meet up with our senior partners they live in either Juniper or Swan Care so for us we’re meeting up with Bill and Ann.>>We gave them our names and gave them some details about how we live where we live, where we came from.>>Being thrown straight into it is really beneficial. I think there’s not many uni’s where within the first week of semester you’d be learning about communication with older people.>>Getting a chance to build these communication skills beyond the classroom is actually helping me learn better.>>We’ll get expert health considerations as time goes by if we see the journey through and if we don’t [laughs] the youngsters will see the demise of the old folk!>>It’s really authentic learning and has been particularly successful both for the students and for the seniors.>>It’s made like our engagement with medicine a lot more real.>>This program is putting them in front of the game rather than reactive. They are now going to be pro, probably understanding a little more in depth as to where older folk are in terms of the problems.>>They’re going to be prepared for interviewing an elderly person or seeing the changes in the body. So I think this is going to be invaluable.>>If we go onto be say a G.P. and we have to deal with it every day, we’ll be prepared when we’re at that stage instead of just learning as we go.>>Definitely I can see the experience going on and helping us in the future.

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