Emergency specialists helping bridge the gap to peace

Experts from Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) will travel to Israel later this month to deliver an emergency medicine course to specialists caring for children affected by trauma and terrorism.

Hosted by Hadassah Medical Organisation, Jerusalem (Hadassah) and Project Rozana International (PR), the four day course (13 – 16 November) will be attended by 10 Palestinian and 10 Israeli doctors and nurses.

The course will involve lectures, workshops and simulation training, with a strong focus on the importance of teamwork and communication between medical and nursing specialists.

Dr Matthew O’Meara, Senior Staff Specialist in the SCH Emergency Department and NSW Health Chief Paediatrician is one of the three experts travelling to Jerusalem.

“No matter where you work, emergency medicine is challenging and no two days are ever the same,” said Dr O’Meara.

“Our experience in Australia may differ to our colleagues in Israel, however we are all driven by our commitment to caring for sick and vulnerable children and their families.

“Teaching may be the purpose of our trip but we are equally interested in learning from the experiences of colleagues in Israel and supporting the peace building work of the Hadassah Hospital.”

The Chair of Project Rozana and President of Hadassah Australia, Ron Finkel AM, said there was much that trauma specialists from both countries can learn from each other.

“We are particularly pleased that specialists from Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick will be visiting Israel as they are among the most highly-regarded in their field, internationally.”

The course has been prepared by Dr O’Meara, Dr Arjun Rao and Nurse Educator Jane Cichero of SCH, in collaboration with Dr Saar Hashavya, the Head of Pediatric Emergency Services at Hadassah Hospital’s Ein Kerem campus, together with his medical colleagues.

In 2015, Dr Hashvaya completed a year-long fellowship in paediatric emergency medicine at SCH.