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The effect of the New Colombo Plan on undergraduate students

Gaining industry experience in Taipei at the Tzu Chi Hospital

Industry experience, as we all know, is a vital ingredient when you’re studying and building your dream career, whether you’re just starting out or transitioning down a new path.

But how important is international industry experience? Have you ever considered it?

This week, six Torrens University students from Melbourne will commence an eight-week internship at the Tzu Chi Hospital in Taipei as part of their third year Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) studies at the Southern School of Natural Therapies.

Officially commencing on 28 February and ending on 5 March, the students, all aged between 21 and 28 years, will attend lectures and participate in hospital rounds – making clinical observations and observing treatments on a variety of patients, including dermatological, gynaecological, musculoskeletal and paediatric cases. They’ll even live in the hospital’s dormitories with local interns and medical students during their stay.

Taiwan is considered to be at the forefront of Chinese Medicine, so our students are set to be exposed to a range of conditions that Chinese Medicine students are not likely to experience during clinical placements in Australia.

The effect of the New Colombo Plan on undergraduate students

As part of the Australian Federal Government’s New Colombo Plan, the students have been awarded $5,000 each for their intern and travel expenses. The initiative allows Australian domestic students, aged between 18 and 28 years, to undertake a mobility project abroad within the Asia Pacific region.

One week into the project, Bedelia Flanagan provided us with an update

“Every moment has been magical. We have walked the bustling streets, eaten more than our stomachs can handle and drank many bubble teas. The hospital has warmly welcomed us with their kind staff. It is so exciting to be exposed to Chinese Medicine in its authentic culture. My knowledge of Chinese Medicine is already integrating and I’m so inspired to learn as much as I can in these next weeks.”

We wish Bedelia, Jarryd Harvey, Michelle McNeil, Jacob Artz, Lara Blumer, and Michelle Smith the best of luck for the remainder of their internship.

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