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Our Education Initiatives Program is investigating innovative ways of delivering education to medical students, staff and patients.

Mindfulness Meditations

In response to the current COVID-19 situation we acknowledge many of our members are working under additional stress and in unfamiliar territory. Suparna Karpe, Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Gynaecological Oncology at Westmead Hospital has recorded three mindfulness meditations which are available on our YouTube channel.

360° Procedures Videos

Using a state of the art 360° Virtual Reality camera, the educational innovation team is creating immersive Virtual Reality videos of medical procedures for JMO education. These resources complement hands on training and increase JMO familiarity with procedures which they may have limited opportunity to observe during training.

Due to the nature of this content, the 360° Procedures Videos are hosted on the WSLHD intranet for trainees to view and review at their own pace. The current procedures include:

  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy

Staff Orientation Videos

Joining a large teaching hospital can be daunting whether you are a JMO doing an oncology rotation, or a new clinician or other staff member joining the team. We are producing a range of welcome and orientation videos which give information and introduce key staff to new starters.

Patient Information and Education

We are collaborating with nurses and allied health professionals to develop a series of informative and educational videos for patients and their carers. These videos will be delivered to patients’ in clinic waiting rooms via the internal TV network. Videos are also available on our YouTube channel.

Oncology Clinical Scenarios

We are developing a series of clinical scenario conversations as part of our educational support for JMOs and Residents. See Associate Professor Nicholas Wilcken,  Head of Medical Oncology and SWTCRC Director Professor Paul Harnett discuss common clinical scenarios faced by clinicians treating cancer patients in this series of “fireside chats“. They have been discussing

  • Febrile Neutropaenia
  • Spinal Cord Compression
  • Advanced Care Directives

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