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Nursing students look for eye glass donations


Sunday, 28 May 2017

Nursing students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) are seeking donations of eye glasses to take to Thailand next month for villagers in rural and remote areas.

The eight Bachelor of Nursing students will spend a fortnight in northern Thailand as part of an international study experience through CSU Global.

The students will be involved in primary health care and assessment in villages and towns in the remote Wat Jan region.

In partnership with OPSM in Dubbo, they're collecting reading and sun glasses to donate to the villagers they meet on the trip.

Lecturer in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Ms Cathy Maginnis said, "The donated glasses makes such a difference to the lives of the villagers.

"Many of them work all day in the rice fields or with other farming crops, such as corn, strawberries and coffee, so they're out in the sun and the glare all day, often in water.

"There's a lot of glare and they do suffer a lot, as they get older, from cataracts and glaucoma.

"The sunglasses certainly helps with some of that eye care.

"It also allows the villagers to engage in their traditional handicrafts from which they make an income."

Nursing students last year donated glasses during a similar study trip to Thailand.

"The looks on their faces when we were able to give them a pair of glasses last year were just wonderful. It was a fantastic moment for both them and us."

People are urged to donate reading or sun glasses by dropping them off at OPSM in Dubbo or CSU in Dubbo by Friday 9 June.

The students depart for Thailand on Friday 16 June.

The international study experience is one of many programs supported by CSU Global. The students are each eligible to receive a $500 Vice-Chancellor Travel Grant.

Media contact: Fiona Halloran , (02) 6933 2207

Media Note:

Lecturer in the CSU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, Ms Cathy Maginnis is available for comment. Contact CSU Media.

Photo: A CSU nursing student hands over eye glasses in a Thai village in 2016.

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