Cam­paign to keep the doc­tor at bay

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - EDUCATION GUIDE -

DOC­TORS around the world be­lieve that preven­tion is bet­ter than cure, and staff and stu­dents at New­cas­tle Univer­sity Medicine Malaysia (NUMed) are no dif­fer­ent.

In fact, they have de­cided to put their be­lief into ac­tion by launch­ing an an­nual Health Week.

Held at their state-of-the-art cam­pus in Nusajaya, the ini­tia­tive was de­vel­oped to en­cour­age both staff and stu­dents to find new ways to lead a healthy life­style and help pre­vent ill­ness and disease.

It has proved so suc­cess­ful that it has grown into a ma­jor event in the univer­sity cal­en­dar.

In its first year, Health Week was cen­tred on an in­stal­la­tion on Breast Can­cer Aware­ness in the univer­sity’s state-of-the-art li­brary. Now, in only its sec­ond year, it has grown into a full-fledged en­gage­ment pro­gramme in­volv­ing NUMed stu­dents, fac­ulty staff and ex­ter­nal part­ners.

The usu­ally peace­ful li­brary was trans­formed into an ex­hi­bi­tion space filled with dis­plays about much more than breast can­cer, in­clud­ing how to main­tain a healthy life­style, eat well and be part of NUMed’s first blood dona­tion drive.

The cen­tre­piece is an im­pres­sive art in­stal­la­tion on which stu­dents have made their own per­sonal mark.

The “Thumb on A Rib­bon” ini­tia­tive is a col­lage of iconic breast can­cer rib­bons, each bear­ing thumbprints.

This com­ple­ments last year’s Wish­ing Tree, which was “planted” in the li­brary for stu­dents to write and hang their hopes on pa­per “leaves”.

The Tree has since be­come a “blos­som­ing” land­mark as a re­minder of the suc­cess­ful cam­paign.

Dur­ing Health Week, the pop­u­lar univer­sity cafe­te­ria was a key part­ner. Recog­nis­ing that healthy liv­ing be­gins with healthy eat­ing, stu­dents and fac­ulty staff were treated to a spe­cial menu.

The Tyne Café took ex­tra care to use healthy cook­ing meth­ods, cut­ting down on fats, su­gar and salt and stu­dents were en­cour­aged to in­crease their in­take of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles from a Health Week salad cor­ner.

At the same time, NUMed held its first on-cam­pus blood dona­tion drive to gen­er­ate much-needed sup­plies for the blood bank at Hos­pi­tal Sultan Is­mail. In to­tal, 59 staff and stu­dents gave blood.

The do­na­tions will prove vi­tal for emer­gency and sur­gi­cal needs, as blood banks re­quire con­tin­ual re­plen­ish­ment. Some stu­dents may even find them­selves us­ing the do­na­tions them­selves, as many have clin­i­cal ses­sions and un­dergo house­man­ship at Hos­pi­tal Sultan Is­mail.

“As doc­tors we need to re­mem­ber that preven­tion is bet­ter than cure. By cre­at­ing the tra­di­tion of Health Week, NUMed is mak­ing an on­go­ing com­mit­ment to en­sure that tomorrow’s doc­tors not only of­fer the right ad­vice, but also prac­tise what they preach,” says NUMed chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and provost Prof Reg Jor­dan.

Cam­pus-wide ac­tiv­i­ties, such as Health Week, are a cen­tral part of the learn­ing and on-cam­pus ex­pe­ri­ence at New­cas­tle Univer­sity, UK as well.

The school en­sures that all stu­dents en­joy a vi­brant so­cial, sport­ing and cul­tural of­fer­ing to com­ple­ment the high-qual­ity med­i­cal and bio­med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­vided at the univer­sity’s state-of-the-art branch cam­pus in Nusajaya.

This is one of the many sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween both cam­puses. They also share iden­ti­cal stan­dards, teach­ing meth­ods and cur­ricu­lums.

The teach­ing fac­ulty prides it­self on of­fer­ing truly rounded med­i­cal and bio­med­i­cal de­grees that pro­vide the tech­ni­cal, prac­ti­cal and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills re­quired to reach the top of the bio­med­i­cal and med­i­cal pro­fes­sion.

Se­lected staff mem­bers even ro­tate be­tween the two, which truly en­sures NUMed and New­cas­tle Univer­sity, UK ben­e­fit from the best each cam­pus has to of­fer.

About NUMed

New­cas­tle Univer­sity UK has es­tab­lished an in­ter­na­tional branch cam­pus in Jo­hor to pro­vide its un­der­grad­u­ate de­grees in Medicine (MBBS) and Bio­med­i­cal Sciences (BSc), as well as op­por­tu­ni­ties for post­grad­u­ate study.

The pro­grammes are equiv­a­lent to those of New­cas­tle’s UK-based pro­vi­sion, and lead to the award of the same de­grees.

By choos­ing to study at NUMed Malaysia, stu­dents will ob­tain a rep­utable Bri­tish qual­i­fi­ca­tion from an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised univer­sity at a cost sig­nif­i­cantly less than study­ing in the United King­dom.

Many of the pro­grammes of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for pe­ri­ods of study in the UK.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for en­rol­ment are now in­vited for the MBBS and BSc (Hons) Bio­med­i­cal Sci­ence pro­gramme in­takes in Septem­ber 2014.

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Health Week was de­vel­oped to en­cour­age NUMed staff and stu­dents to find new ways to lead a healthy life­style and help pre­vent ill­ness and disease.

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