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Northern Territory Clinical School; Medical education; Medical colleges; Northern Territory; Periodicals

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vol 7 issue 1 Apr 2013

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14 14 148/04/2013 Student supervision and Elective Placements in Timor Leste Pascale Dettwiller Associate Professor Pascale Dettwiller travelled to Timore Leste last November to supervise data collection of her PhD student Delfim Xavier de Ferrera who is enrolled at Menzies School of Health Research. A/Professor Andrew Ross is co-supervisor of Delfims project which evaluates the medication supply at all levels of a health system implemented in 2009 in Timor Leste. Delfim is a Timorese pharmacist who graduated from Undana University in Kupang, Indonesia. Delfim completed a Masters and then enrolled into a PhD under the auspices of the Timorese Department of Health. According to A/Professor Dettwiller the team had to travel as far as seven hours on unsealed roads to collect some of Delfims data, and without an experienced driver (also research assistant in the team and former truck driver) it would have been impossible to reach some of the very remote areas. It was humbling to go through these very isolated areas where most people have to walk three hours to get to a health post attended only once a month if the weather permits or if the government does not change the schedule said Pascale. Even then the patient is often only offered paracetamol (or penicillin) for most of the presentations. The evaluation of the supply system of medicine Delfim is investigating looks at quantitative data (how many drugs are physically present on the shelves, and how long the last out of stock period lasted), and qualitative data (interviewing the pharmacy personnel and the managers of each level of supply; main town Dili, district, sub-district and village). While in Timor Leste, A/Professor Dettwiller also met with Dr Daniel Murphy, an unconventional practitioner in the health context of Timor Leste, who has supervised some Flinders Year 4 elective students. After speaking with Dan, Pascale realised how much needs to be done to bring this country to the WHO standards. Any takers???? Above:Delfimandhisson,Antonio,giving theTimorLestewelcomescarftoPascale. Above: The research team at a remote villagehealthpost. Katherine Remote Clinical School News 14

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