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23 Mar 2018

Learning the latest in HealthCare - South East Asian radiographers visit the San

Learning the latest in HealthCare - South East Asian radiographers visit to San

‘Great medical insights, caring environment to learn and a wonderful experience’ is how the visiting Radiographers from Myanmar described their visit at the San.

Open Heart International which aims to improve lives around the World and has been working in Myanmar since 2003 to improve skillset of local staff, invited two radiographers to Australia, who learned about the latest

radiography processes and state-of-the-art systems being used at Sydney Adventist Hospital.

San Radiology, Chief Radiographer, Nadine Thompson said the radiographers had an excellent opportunity to observe and monitor some of the most advanced systems in the world which are not currently available in their country.

“The radiographers had a great learning experience at the San and a nice oversight of what imaging and over radiology is like in Australia.

Cardiac MRI and Cardiac CT are not common in countries like Myanmar, so they were really interested in learning about these imaging procedures.

There is a difference in technology, workflow and types of patients (between Myanmar and Australia) which will significantly help them in their work.”

Visiting Radiographer Myat Thinzar Win from Yangon General Hospital in Myanmar said she came to Australia to understand and learn the advanced techniques and special procedures.

“I observed how the advanced technology and machines worked and learned more about patient procedures and patient care.”

Comparing their work with Australia processes in radiography, Visiting Radiographer, Tha Zin Aun said their weakness [in Myanmar] is in advance reporting analysis and how it helps patient outcomes.

“We worked at Cardiac Catheter Lab (CCL) at the San with some of the world renowned surgeons which helped us greatly in understanding how radiography helps heart patients.

When we will return to Yangon, we plan to share the learning to our colleagues and other radiographers.

We do about 100 CT scans in twenty four hours in our hospital, so our learning will help a lot of people.”


OHI in Myanmar:

Open Heart International (OHI) started work in Myanmar in 2003 and now runs several projects through five hospitals in different cities.

The focus of OHI in Myanmar, which has a population of over sixty million, is to improve the quality of education and skill-set of local staff in hospitals and deliver better outcomes.

Myanmar is the only country where Open Heart International is also involved in interventional Cardiology through a Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory (CCL) including the support and installation of monitoring equipment

in their Intensive Care Units.




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