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Outstanding Students, Future Leaders

Many of the students who take part in the HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC) go on to become future leaders in their respective professions. In joining the HFTC Alumni Network, HFTC participants gain access to one of the nation’s fastest growing interprofessional student groups with contacts across Australia and beyond.

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Vanessa Webb, Nursing and Paramedics, 2012 Alumnus

Vanessa competed as part of the winning Monash University team at the 2012 Trans-Tasman HealthFusion Team Challenge (TT HFTC). She has since gone on to secure a scholarship from the Australasian Interprofessional Practice and Education Network (AIPPEN) to attend the ATBHVI Conference in Japan and present on her interprofessional work with students. Since graduation, Vanessa has been assisting on a research project at the Alfred Hospital to aid in the development of a risk assessment tool that would enable safer discharge of elderly patients from ED. In early 2013, she will travel to the Philippines to volunteer in an orphanage for slum children with developmental disabilities. Sometime between that and her graduate position, she will also be completing her Honours year project on paramedic involvement in palliative care in pre-hospital emergencies.

Andrew Sax, Exercise Physiology, 2012 Alumnus

After helping out as a HFTC volunteer in 2011, Andrew was part of the Audience Choice Award winning team at the 2012 UQ HFTC. Since competing, he has gone on to graduate valedictorian and presented the valedictorian speech at his graduation ceremony. Andrew has also be accepted to complete his PhD next year investigating the mechanisms underlying Colo-rectal Cancer risk and how high intensity activity can significantly reduce risk to survivors.

Margie Conley, Dietetics, Penny Watts, Psychology, Radhika Sheorey, Medicine, 2011 Alumni

Margie, Penny and Radhika make up half of the winning Deakin University Team that took out the championship at the 2011 National Oz HFTC. Building on their success, they applied for and got, student scholarships to attend the 2012 All Together Better Health VI Conference in Kobe, Japan to present two abstracts. Margie and Penny presented the work on "Students' Understanding of Collaborative Competencies. A Case Study of the 2011 OzHFTC Winning Team" using data taken from their post-event reflective interviews. Radhika presented her own work on "IPE Within the Medical Curriculum - Is There Room for Improvement?", looking at her own experiences as a medical student. All three competed in the 2nd International Health Care Team Challenge, held during the conference. For citations and more see our Publications list.


Rebecca Hibbert, Nursing, 2010 Alumnus

Rebecca competed in the 2010 National HealthFusion Team Challenge (Oz HFTC) as part of Team EQUIP from Monash University. After taking out the Audience Choice Award at the Oz HFTC with her team, Rebecca travelled to Kisumu, Kenya where she volunteered as part of a local health care team working to provide medical services and basic facilities to the local community. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Rebecca is also working to raise money to fund an additional medical camp equipped to care for up 300 people. Those interested in contributing should contact the HFTC Team for details.

Laura Page, Occupational Therapy, 2010 Alumnus

Laura was a finalist in the 2010 UQ HFTC and went on to represent The University of Queensland at the National Oz HFTC whilst finishing her Honours at UQ. During HFTC preparation Laura found time to prepare an outstanding presentation for the UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Postgraduate Research Conference which won her an award in the GEMS/Honours category. Her Honours topic is titled “The contributions of attachment patterns on health professionals’ levels of presenteeism, absenteeism, depression, anxiety and stress.”