Minutes of 1st June : Peter Rixon


In Attendance  No visiting Rotarians.
Birthdays  Michael Yabsley,
Toast   Peter Rixon,
Apologies  Isla Bowen, Michael Yabsley, Rowan Huxtable, Carol Jeffs, Yusuf Khalfan, Ian Wilson

Bowel Scan: Elaine Hart,
Approximately AUD$21,000 leftover from Bowel scan, Monies to go to fund a PHD student. Rotary bowel scan program to be wound up as Federal Government has taken over.
Meeting with North Beach Novotel Wollongong Management
Elaine Hart and Elaine De Vires attended and met with Aimee.  Explained our clubs current position of trialing 3 breakfast per month.  Aimee expressed that our club was part of Novotel community and they would like the club to stay at Novotel.  Agreed to drop the price for breakfast to $25.00, immediately.  Prepared to discuss cheaper option of a continental breakfast instead of a buffet breakfast.   Members agreed to the suggested recommendations.  Vote of thanks to both Elaine De Vries and Elaine Hart for their report and willingness to meet with the Novotel management.
President’s Report
Attended Presidents meeting for Northern Illawarra, Incoming DG Sue Hayward to visit this area for a combined northern meeting on the 22nd of August. To be an evening session, at a venue to be decided. This meeting will take the place of Fridays meeting.   Frank Pazzimenti is the new A.G. for the Northern Illawarra.
There will be a  Combined clubs Movie night 9th August.
Stephen Swan
The Mercury newspaper, an article of Wollongong City Council repainting the gun battery at Flagstaff Point. What was to happen to Battery Park? President Brian to make an enquiry regarding repainting of Battery Park.
And…we have not heard from our PHD student for awhile.
We are 25
Elaine Hart and Bernadette McNamara flag the clubs 25 year birthday on the 23rd.
John Bilboe
detailed a report regarding the medical mission for 2019. Myra to travel to Bacolod, Philippines to discuss upcoming plans. Report once she returns.

Guest Speaker: SHAUN TYLE
Shaun is from UOW with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, School of Medicine, Graduate Medicine.
Topic: Assistance of volunteer, simulated patient has on medical students training,

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health has two campus, Shoalhaven, Location of the Rural Medical school and Wollongong main campus. There is a need for simulated patients, in that it allows medical students to learn excellent communication skills, to work with real people and thus mproves the professionalism of the Graduate Medical student.
It  allows doctors to learn how to work in a partnership with a patient via good communications with the patient to get better health outcomes. and simulated patients allow medical students to continually practice by having  a safe environment to learn in, mistakes or misdiagnose can be made and learnt from and allowing students to ‘have a go, Main advantage of simulated patient is feedback to the medical student from the simulated patient.

The Faculty needs community minded volunteers to become simulated patients. People who have a passion to help.
They provide role play by taking on the role of someone who has an illness or medical condition,  there is a waiting room like a G.P. has and the medical student comes out and calls the simulated patient in for consultation.  Simulated patients learn a role. One week simulated patient may have asthma next week something else.  The simulated patient training allows the medical student to learn a ’road map’ to diagnosing a patient.   Simulated patients come from a variety of age groups
The medical students watch a medical doctor performing a diagnosis on a simulated patient. Afterwards the medical students work in pairs and practice their learning.
Patients are  moulaged as part of the simulation for wound care.  Temporary tattoos are used and artificial colours from strawberry jam are applied to simulate blood, broken bones or cuts.  Several slides were shown of simulated wounds. This helps the medical student learn how to care and assess various types of wounds.
The medical students also work in Rural Australia and they need to know how to do plastering as they may be the only person who can.

What does it cost to be a simulated patient, nothing only their energy, mind and time? The value that the simulated patient brings to the training of a medical student is priceless.  Rural medical students trained at Wollongong are the best trained in Australia. Last year one of the medical students won intern of the year award. Benefits for volunteers are : meeting new people, (there are about 180 people who are simulated patient volunteers), contributing to the training of a medical student, opportunity to give back,   developing new skills as a simulated patient.  Simulated medical training is one of the fastest growing forms of training.

To become a simulated training patient you need to: Fill out a form, Undertake training.  There is training for disability patients, and there are vocational visits.

Raffle was won by Elaine Hart.
Close with the National Anthem.

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