Lectures give students a unique insight into living with a musculoskeletal disease from a patient perspective. This enhances the understanding of essential interpersonal and communication skills and compliments scientific foundations and clinical training in rheumatology.
Students gain an imperative understanding of:
What it is like to live with a musculoskeletal disease
The importance and function of the patient/doctor relationship
The implications of comorbidities on the the patient and treating team dynamics
The impact of musculoskeletal disease on the family unit
The impact of musculoskeletal disease on the patients role in society
The impact of musculoskeletal disease on pregnancy and parenting
How to encourage the patient to stay positive while living with a chronic illness
The role of complementary therapies in treating musculoskeletal disease
Patient advocacy and empowerment
Patient experience and the Australian health system
Sessions are always well received by students and include a vibrant and valuable question and answer time.
Allied Health Care Professionals
All health professionals that work with people living with a musculoskeletal disease (or other chronic illness) benefit from hearing Suzie speak.
This includes (but is not limited to):
Naturopaths and other complementary therapists
Suzie is passionate about enhancing the education of medical and allied health care professionals, by offering a unique opportunity to learn about the lived experience of chronic disease to compliment clinical training.
Tertiary lecturing experience:
- University of Western Australia (Faculty of Medical, Dentistry and Health Sciences) 2006-2019
- Notre Dame University (School of Medicine) 2006-2018
- Murdoch University (School of Health Professions - Chiropractic Clinic) 2016-2018
- Notre Dame University (School of Nursing and Midwifery) 2019
"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
Student feedback has been uniformly positive:
“best seminar we have had”
“reminds me of why I wanted to become a doctor”
Book Suzie to speak at your workplace or university.