Clear vision for nursing students’ trip to Thailand

Friday 27 May 2016

When Charles Sturt University (CSU) nursing students travel to Thailand to provide health care and education in June, they also hope to deliver much needed eye glasses for local villagers.

CSU nursing lecturer Ms Cathy Maginnis and OPSM Dubbo store manager Ms Lenore PollardThe nine Bachelor of Nursing students and their lecturer Ms Cathy Maginnis from CSU's School of Nursing Midwifery and Indigenous Health are seeking donations of reading glasses and sunglasses.

"These glasses can make such a big difference to the lives of people in the poorest area of northern Thailand," said Ms Maginnis.

"All villagers work in the fields in the harsh glare of the sunlight for long hours every day. Many of the women sew intricate detail on clothing and items to sell and often this is done in the poor evening light.

"Donating reading and sunglasses can provide an immense and immediate benefit and is an example of how Charles Sturt University strives to enhance the lives of people in our own backyard and further afield."

The two-week trip to Thailand is supported by CSU Global, a University initiative to provide students the opportunity to experience the world through a broad range of international study experiences.

Ms Maginnis said during the trip students will travel to villages in the Wat Jan region in northern Thailand and visit the McCormack Nursing Faculty at Chiang Mai University.

"The students will deliver primary health care and assessment of patients as well as participate in health promotion and education activities," she said.

"It's a chance to see the ground-level realities of living in a remote rural village and learn about the health issues and the ways these challenges are met by the local health professionals and community members.

"The students will learn to communicate in different ways and to build upon their critical thinking and reflective skills as well as delivering culturally appropriate care.

"These skills will enhance their confidence and they will be able to incorporate them in their future practice with delivering culturally appropriate care in our Australian multicultural communities.

"It also contributes to better health outcomes for the people living in these villages."

OPSM are providing cases, cleaning cloths and education material to assist with distribution of the glasses to the villagers.

Glasses can be donated through OPSM in Dubbo, dropped in to CSU in Dubbo or posted to Cathy Maginnis, Locked Bag 49, Dubbo, NSW 2830.  Donations will be accepted until Monday 13 June.


Media contact: Ms Fiona Halloran and Ms Emily Malone, (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews. The students from CSU in Bathurst, Albury-Wodonga, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga will depart for Thailand on Saturday 18 June and return on Saturday 2 July 2016. Their travel is supported by a Vice-Chancellors Travel Grant.