Australian Embassy
The Philippines

MR110328 Australian nursing students participate in medical mission in Angeles City


On Saturday 5 February, twenty six second and third year nursing students from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, together with Philippine nursing students from Angeles University Foundation and Holy Angel University, took part in a medical mission for children at Barangay Anunas. The mission, conducted and supervised by Philippine-registered nurses and medical officers, involved physical assessments of 967 children, health education and health promotion to parents and children and the dispensation of free medicines.

This medical mission was the 18th in a monthly series facilitated by the Angeles City Returned Services League (RSL), a group of Australian veterans and expatriates resident in Angeles City. During the RSL’s previous 17 missions, nearly 20,000 Filipino children have benefitted from free medicines donated by the RSL.

The nursing students from Australia’s Deakin University visited the Philippines between 29 January and 17 February 2011 to take part in an international nursing study tour. They were accompanied by Dr. Cate Nagle (Senior Lecturer) and Ms Barbara Green (International Project Officer) from Deakin University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery. The trip was the second in an annual study tour organised by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Angeles University Foundation and GradNurse Options, an Angeles-based training facility. Dr Nagle says there is great potential for development of the relationship and plans are underway to undertake further education and research projects.