Health professional training
Suzie has been delivering her 'patient experience' training program to medical and allied health students at Western Australian universities for the past 14 years. Developed in consultation with medical school course coordinators, lectures are complimentary to the clinical education of students and highly valued by students and lecturers alike.
“Best seminar we have had” - medical student
“Inspirational” - medical student
“Reminds me of why I wanted to become a doctor” - medical student
Faculty of Medical, Dentistry and Health Sciences
2006 - 2020
School of Medicine
School of Nursing and Midwifery
School of Health Professions - Chiropractic Clinic
Medical and Allied Health Professional students will:
Gain insight into the patient perspective
Enhance their understanding of essential interpersonal and communication skills
Understand features and benefits of an ideal healthcare professional/patient relationship
Understand the implications of comorbidities on the the patient and treating team dynamics
Gain insight into the impact of chronic disease on the family unit
Understand the impact of chronic disease on the patients role in society
Understand the impact of chronic disease on pregnancy and parenting
Learn how to assist patients to set and reach their personal and health goals
Understand the role of complementary therapies in treating patients with chronic disease
Understand the benefits of patient advocacy and empowerment
Sessions are always well received by students and include a vibrant and valuable Q&A.
"Suzie’s involvement in our course has been invaluable. She uses her experience and perspective to communicate the building blocks of the ideal doctor-patient relationship and offers tangible strategies on how students can develop the required skills for such a relationship. She approaches designing the session with a collaborative approach, with a wonderful balance of knowing what information to share and the ability to tailor that information to the specific level of our students at this stage in their course, so that it integrates with their existing knowledge. Her sessions have been delivered with respect, positivity and humour. In recent years, Suzie’s sessions have been run with a student panel facilitating the discussion which has engaged the student group and given leadership opportunities to those on the panel."
Dr Helen Wilcox - MB BS(Hons) DCH FRACGP, Associate Professor, Discipline of General Practice, School of Primary, Aboriginal and Rural Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences University of Western Australia.
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