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Amazonian researcher Amandia Sousa was left suitably impressed with rural health services after a recent visit to Warracknabeal.

Ms Sousa is studying rural health services in Australia as part of her PhD at University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. She is on a scholarship as a visiting researcher with Swinburne University for one year and was advised to incorporate a visit Rural Northwest Health as part of her studies.

Ms Sousa said here two days at Warracknabeal had been intense learning.

“I believe my exchanges with the RNH community will greatly contribute to what I am studying in my PhD studies,” Ms Sousa said.

“I had the opportunity to understand how health services function in Warracknabeal and beyond that, I also could visualize their results in the community and  learn about their innovative experiences,” she said.

Ms Sousa said she was very thankful to the RNH staff for their openness.

“They were happy to share their experiences with me and made themselves available to me,” she said.

“They were also interested to hear about my own experiences in the Brazilian Amazon rural sector.

“I believe that these are moments that enrich our knowledge and bring us new opportunities for reflection and growth.”

RNH executive manager people and culture Dr Kaye Knight said Amandia’s visit was another feather in the cap for her health service.

“The fact that it was suggested to Amandia that she include RNH in her study trip tells us that we are considered a contributor to the models for rural health in both Australia and internationally,” Dr Knight said.

“It’s something for which we should feel proud.”

Dr Kaye Knight with Amazonian researcher Amandia Sousa.

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