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Tuesday 31 March 2020

Dr Matt Andrews - Sharing Time With Pacific Nations

Report by: Samantha Hunnisett

“At Radiology Across Borders, we are very fortunate to have many passionate volunteers who commit their pro bono time and expertise to help their colleagues in nations throughout the globe. In “Our World“, we want to profile some of these volunteers to thank them and to get an insight into what doing this work means to them. One dedicated volunteer who personifies everything about what Radiology Across Borders is about is Dr Matthew Andrews. We are very grateful for his support and expertise.“ Dr Suresh de Silva - Founder

Dr Matt Andrews -  Sharing my time and experience in the Pacific Nations

When I decided to set out on my journey into medicine, one of my reasons for doing so was to help people in my local community and in the third world. During my time as a junior doctor, my wife and I travelled for 3 months through South-East Asia, and we used this as an opportunity to see where our skills may be used in the future. We visited several local hospitals and met with doctors, and ran an outreach clinic in rural Cambodia. It struck me that there wasn’t a need for more overseas doctors per se, but rather, for the education of the local doctors, nurses and other medical staff who spoke the local language and understood the needs of the people much better than we did.

 As I specialized in Radiology, it became even clearer that education was a major way I could contribute my skills. There would be little to be gained in heading to a third world country for a couple of weeks and reporting several hundred x-rays. I partnered with Radiology Across Borders towards the end of my radiology training, and have since given a webinar, and travelled to Cambodia in 2018 and 2019 to help give the annual lecture series. 

I believe that education leads to better radiologists, and this, in turn, will improve the healthcare outcome of many more patients. I am fortunate to have received high-quality training throughout medical school and fellowship and am in a privileged position to now pass that knowledge on to other radiologists, registrars, sonographers and other local medical staff.

Wednesday 18 March 2020

COVID-19 Hand Hygiene and Infection Control

Report by: Nadinr Thompson

In our recent past RAB delivered an online lecture covering "Hand Hygiene and Infection Control" by Nadine Thompson and with the threat posed by COVID-19 we feel it important to release this lecture out of our members area for all to view. We encourage you to let others know of this lecture.

Infection control is a vital consideration for all healthcare workers. Radiology departments and practices have special considerations for infection control to protect their patients and themselves. This presentation will be based on information provided by Hand Hygiene Australia and provide useful and practical information on the importance of infection control and hand hygiene for staff working in radiology including some helpful hints of how to implement best practice.

Nadine is the Chief Radiographer at Sydney Adventist Hospital. She is a clinical lecturer at the University of Sydney Medical School and chair of the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy advanced practice advisory panel.

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Renee Johnson Update 5/3/20

Report by: Renne Johnson

Renee Johnson

Renee’s Adventurous Bike-Ride for Radiology Across Borders, RAB 4 RAB!

Follow Renee as she is up to day 16 of her incredible adventure of cycling the length of New Zealand to raise funds for RAB. 

Battling sore ribs, hot weather and ridiculously steep hills, the support of her family and friends and the goal of raising $7000 for RAB is keeping her going towards the finish line. You can follow her by reading her daily blog here.

It’s not too late to donate to this amazing cause! Help Renee to reach her goal by supporting her here.

Wednesday 19 February 2020

RAB collaboration 2020 - a Vietnam social enterprise

Report by: Phung Truong

Center for Healthcare Improvement Research (CHIR)

The Center for Healthcare Improvement Research (CHIR) is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Vietnam, which aims to bring together both domestic and international resources to support the improvement of healthcare services in the country. It aims to benefit both clinical and non-clinical staff, public and private hospitals, especially in remote areas. Since being set up in January 2018, CHIR has delivered their training courses on hospital quality management and patient safety to over 40 of the 63 provinces of Vietnam, published books to support self-learning, and continues to run an online discussion forum with over 28,000 participants.

CHIR expects to spread their experiences further to the developing world to help overseas colleagues reduce costs and increase efficiency, whilst enhancing quality and safety. CHIR’s services cover a wide range of topics including patient flow, risk management, accreditation, patient education, emotional intelligence for healthcare workers and more. In late 2019, the CHIR sought to expand into the field of ‘safety in radiology’, which led to a connection with RAB.

Thanks to RAB, CHIR members were very warmly welcomed on their informative visits to the Radiology Departments of SAN and St George Hospitals in Sydney in December 2019. The lessons, templates, and photos shared during the trips have been translated and delivered to CHIR’s forum, with great impact so far. As CHIR’s activities fit with RAB’s motto “Education safe life”, the two organisations hope to collaborate more in the future, especially for RAB’s workshops in Vietnam in 2020.

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Thursday 26 July 2018

Radiology Across Borders & AMSIG Vietnam 2018

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Radiology Across Borders work is much much more than just a lecture or site visit . It is a connection with peoples and nations that is hard to understand or define unless you have experienced it yourself.

We believe the RAB/AMSIG collaboration video really captions these sentiments and emotions well. Please take a moment to watch it by clicking on the link, like and share it.

You too will be helping our work and reach. 

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