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#24 How to get involved in the Peer Visitor Program

4 September 2018

Intergenerational group visits at Kew Gardens Aged Care

Our intergenerational group of medical students and older doctors and other health professionals continues to flourish. Each month the group meets at Kew Gardens Aged Care and has a guest speaker or an activity, followed by a discussion.

The older doctors and health professionals enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of the students, while the younger members of the group appreciate the wisdom and experience of the older generation. Everyone has enjoyed the range of guest speakers, as evidenced by the ensuing questions and discussion which follow.

Over the last 12 months the guest speakers and activities have included:

We sincerely thank our speakers who all contribute on a voluntary basis.

The numbers of students participating each month varies between six and 12, with 20 volunteers involved across the program. The ability of students to attend is impacted by their timetables and their placements at various hospital and medical practices around Victoria. During term breaks students also have placements in remote Australia and overseas.

One of the recent highlights of the program at the July 2018 meeting was being able to borrow the portable laparoscopy trainers from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. This made for a very interactive session with students and the older doctors and health professionals pairing up to practice their techniques.

The AMA Victoria Peer Visitor Program is open to any older doctor who would like a visitor. All volunteers are members of AMA Victoria and range from medical students, doctors at varying stages of their career and retired medical professionals.

Visit the Peer Visitor Program section of our website for more information or email Kay Dunkley on KayD@amavic.com.au

 

The AMA Victoria Peer Visitor Program is proudly supported by PSA Insurance.

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