We are not alone: international learning for professionals caring for children requiring palliative care

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Price, Jayne ; Quinn, Karen ; McNeilly, Patricia ; Heywood, Melissa (2015)

BACKGROUND: \ud \ud Educational opportunities for professionals working with children requiring palliative care are central to future development within the specialty across countries. International educational initiatives involving a range of professionals are important for learning with and from others working within the field.\ud \ud AIM: \ud \ud To explore the experiences and value to students from participating in an international online discussion forum.\ud \ud METHOD: \ud \ud This article examines one such initiative; the use of an international asynchronous discussion forum with students in Melbourne, Australia and Belfast, UK who work with children and families. The innovation is examined and student perspectives of the forum's value are presented.\ud \ud RESULTS: \ud \ud Students endorsed the value of the forum, identifying three main areas of learning: differences across locations within countries, respecting different views and being open, and need for continued learning within children's palliative care. The overarching theme 'we are not alone' supported the idea that participation in the international discussion forum enabled students to see a broader perspective. Ideas for future developments of similar forums are also explored.
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    Wearne S, Greenhill J, Berryman C, Sweet L, Tietz L. (2011) An online course in clinical education: Experiences of Australian clinicians [online]. Australian Family Physician, Vol. 40, (12) 1000-1003.

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