TAFE Queensland nursing teacher Ali Moloney has swapped her classroom at the Southport campus for a college in China, leading a group of eight students on a 10 day study tour of Beijing and Jinan.

Ms Moloney accompanied students studying a Diploma of Nursing ( HLT54115 | 092022K) on an international exchange to the elite Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and the Shandong Yingcai University in Jinan.

The group met with Dr Ma Xueling and Dr Jack Li where they undertook a series of workshops centred on traditional Chinese medicine and the incorporation of western medicine in patient care. 

The trip, which was part of TAFE Queensland’s Study Abroad program, also allowed students to explore the city and visit several historical sites such as the Great Wall of China, The Temple of Heavens, The Forbidden City, Daming Lake and Batou Spring, and Tiananmen Square.

Ms Moloney said she was excited to have the opportunity to learn more about traditional Chinese medicine.

“The insight into the integration of western and eastern medicine in the hospital setting in Beijing was amazing to see. Both forms of treatment were used for patients with research being undertaken on its effectiveness,” she said.

“The teaching methods were catered to nursing students and the Chinese academics were very impressed with our students’ knowledge of holistic nursing care of the patient.

“The students were immersed in traditional Chinese medicine education and were provided with information on holistic patient care and how to best assess patients holistically.”

Ms Moloney said her students left China with new assessment skills and an insight into the age-old treatments that make up traditional Chinese medicine.

As well as learning new skills, the group also visited long-standing pharmacies that are more than 100-years-old, where both western and eastern medications are compounded and made up for patients.

Ms Moloney said the hospital visits were an eye opener as they combined diagnostic strategies such as CT scans and surgery with eastern medicine such as acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion.

TAFE Queensland offers students a variety of study abroad programs each year with over 80 students and eight vocational teachers engaged in overseas projects in 2019. By the end of 2019, 330 students will have studied overseas as part of their studies with TAFE Queensland since the program started in 2014.

TAFE Queensland International Executive Director Janelle Chapman said Study Abroad programs offer students incredibly rewarding and rare real-life learning experiences.

“All study abroad programs contribute to course requirements and credits towards qualifications and are a great way for students to gain valuable hands-on work experience,” Ms Chapman said.

“Our wonderful teachers also travel with students to not only assess their learning, but also to work alongside them and ensure they are safe, supported and set up for success.

“We are very proud of our students and teachers as they volunteer their time and take their skills abroad to help communities in need throughout the world,” she said.

Study abroad students can expect a unique global study experience and perhaps even a life changing experience. Student grants are made possible with support from the Australian Government’s Australia Awards - Endeavour Leadership Program.



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