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Health Fusion Team Challenge Win

A team of Monash University students has achieved back-to-back wins in the audience choice award at the 2010 Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge in Brisbane.

The HFTC competition emphasises collaborative client care by bringing together future professionals from across the spectrum of health care disciplines. Dietetics, physiology, medicine, midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, pharmacy, physiotherapy, psychology, social work and speech pathology are just some of the professions represented.

Monash were just pipped for the judges award by Griffith University in what was described by the head of the judges panel as a very close contest.

The 2010 contest was the second national challenge with more teams and more competition elements.

Teams from Curtin, Flinders, Griffith, Monash, QUT, University of Queensland, Melbourne, Sydney -and from Capricornia Allied Health Partnership and the National Rural Health Student Network battled through the elimination phase.

After a five minute presentation and a five minute videoed interview with ‘Jeremy’ (played by a very convincing standardised patient), three teams made it into the final round - Monash, Curtin and Griffith.

The final round involved another five minute presentation and a challenging extension question to answer.

The case was, as usual, a real challenge. Jeremy has a history of Short Bowel Syndrome, a PICC line, a Myocardial Infarction with suspected cognitive loss, poly-arthritic symptoms, chronic pain, methadone use and self-medicates with ‘herbal products’.

The Monash team coached by Clare Van der Dolder and Dr Janice Chesters dealt very professionally with all of the complexity and retained a strong patient centered approach throughout. The 2010 Monash team comnsisted of: Rebecca Hibbert (Nursing), Stephen Elliott (Occupational Therapy), Clare Nash (Physiotherapy), Daryl Cheng (MBBS Program) Alice Yuen (Pharmacy) and Alexander Olaussen (Paramedic studies).

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