Dr. Nayana Parange (right) beaming a smile as she trains a trainee on a simulator
Another amazing job! ISUOG Outreach has recently supported another outreach workshop in Australia, this time in Whyalla (South Australia). Led once again by Outreach Volunteer Dr. Nayana Parange, the workshop was delivered in June 2015 and was the response to the Indigenous Strategy and Reconciliation Plan UniSA, which allowed Nayana and her team to develop and deliver an ultrasound outreach workshop addressed towards ‘closing the gap’ to improve perinatal mortality and morbidity in the Australian Aboriginal communities through quality basic obstetric and gynecological ultrasound training.
The key purpose of the Outreach workshop was to provide ultrasound training to midwives and doctors working in the remote and indigenous communities in South Australia, so that they could provide basic ultrasound services to patients who would otherwise have no access to ultrasound services.
The workshop was modeled along the lines of the first workshop conducted last year in Darwin (Northern Territory). It included theoretical lectures as well as practical sessions, where the participants obtained hands-on training with simulators as well as real patients. The faculty and tutors included Dr Nayana Parange ( UniSA), Dr Karen Shand (Ob Gyn and Sonologist : Flinders Medical Centre), Dr Annie Thomas ( Ob Gyn Whyalla), Ms Brooke Osborne (UniSA) and Ms Sarah Williams (Jones and Partners).
The Australia Outreach team (Brooke Osborne, Sarah Williams, Annie Thomas, Karen Shand, and Nayana Parange)
The workshop was a success with 11 midwives and 2 GPs practicing in remotes parts of South Adelaide and Northern Territory. The trainees were very enthusiastic and particularly enjoyed the interactive nature of the workshop. Vicki Coulis, a participant from Wudinna Hospital said “Fabulous workshop, very helpful and will help me at point of care for Obstetrics and Gynecologic patients.”
The workshop was such a success that the Whyalla News (regional newspaper) ran a story it (to read it, click here)!
Given the success of these workshops, Dr. Parange and her team are definitely looking to plan another one in the near distant future – and we’ll naturally keep you informed!