BRUNEI Darussalam and Australia’s close friendship has long been built on the relationships, experiences and cultural understanding that Brunei students have brought home after studying in Australia.
What most people do not know however is that Australian students, at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, also regularly travel to Brunei to undertake study and training to further their academic development.
The Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam, Todd Mercer, in conjunction with Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, was pleased to host a group of these students, their supervisors and RIPAS Hospital staff at his residence on February 4. The Australian students are all later-year medical students undertaking clinical placements in Brunei in furtherance of their intended specialisations.
Todd Mercer noted, “RIPAS Hospital regularly hosts Australian medical students for clinical placements but with their busy schedules and out of sync rotations, it is rare to be able to gather a group together like this.
“They are all very impressive young professionals and worthy ambassadors for the Australian tertiary education sector.
“We usually have between two and 10 Australian students per year come to RIPAS Hospital for their training. As a whole, the clinical tutors here find these students engage well with the departments they are attached to.
“Students go to paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, internal medicine, general surgery, ENT, and accident & emergency, to name a few. We hope they take away a good medical experience as well as a taste of a different culture which Brunei has to offer. It is encouraging when they tell us they would recommend a Brunei placement to their medical school friends,” said Associate Professor Dr Elizabeth Chong.