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Case study: Di Brown, Australian volunteer nurse educator

Australian volunteer nurse educator Di Brown on a nursing round with patient Ed and nurses at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Photo: Di Brown/Australian Volunteers International Working alongside Sanglah Hospital’s  Director of Nursing, Australian volunteer nurse educator, Di Brown has  implemented targeted professional development programs to improve patient care and clinical outcomes across  Bali’s largest hospital.

This activity has supported changes in hospital practices, including the introduction of ‘Time Out’—a system of double-checking in the operating theatres; safer administration of medicines; improved nursing documentation; and accountability and safer lifting practices.

With the support of Australian aid funding, Di also helped establish a sister relationship between Sanglah Hospital and the Royal Darwin Hospital. As a result, Sanglah staff now have the opportunity to participate in placements of up to two months at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

After completing a pilot program with 20 Sanglah medical staff in 2011, Di said the pilot was an overwhelming success.

‘The nurses from Sanglah were able to see high quality clinical practice in an accredited Australian hospital. They worked closely with the clinical nurse educators and came back with a clearer understanding about what is needed to improve patient care,’ she said.

‘The experience has seen staff introduce a number of new processes including the Australian Triage Scale; a process of patient assessment used by hospital emergency departments around the world.’

Since finishing her assignment in late 2011, Di has received Linkages Grants for the Darwin Hospital Initiative and continues to do great work in improving patient care and organisational development.

How to apply

More information, including applicant eligibility criteria can be found on the Australian Volunteers website.


Last Updated: 30 October 2014