CDU expertise aids Solomon Islands health futures
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CDU expertise aids Solomon Islands health futures

By Richmond Hodgson

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(from left): Aaron Olofia, Dr Lester Thompson, Professor Daniela Stehlik and Linda Tupe

A collaborative learning exchange involving Charles Darwin University, the Northern Territory Government and Solomon Islands is set to improve the outlook for the country’s health and medical services.

Throughout August, CDU hosted the “Community of Learning” exchange between the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Service, the NT Department of Children and Families, and CDU’s The Northern Institute and School of Health.

In recognition of its desire to promote effective regional and community engagement, CDU’s Social Work and Community Studies theme arranged for Director of the Social Welfare Division Aaron Olofia and Child Protection Manager Linda Tupe to spend two weeks with the Department of Children and Families. In exchange, CDU Social Work lecturer Dr Lester Thompson examined responses to the child protection needs in the Solomon Islands and the NT.

Mr Olofia said that he was particularly pleased for the opportunity to be working collaboratively with CDU and the NTG on such an important body of work.

“There are so many common factors between the Northern Territory and Solomon Islands, and CDU has so much potential to help us with our learning needs,” he said.

“I am particularly keen to maintain our links with CDU’s Social Work and Community Studies and the NTG for future training and learning exchanges.”

Dr Thompson said the NT and Solomon Islands could learn much from each other by drawing on their close similarities.

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