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Courtenay’s Cambodian challenge

A PINE Rivers nursing student is swapping the Queensland summer for a
tough medical environment treating soldiers in a Cambodian health
clinic.
 
Albany Creek’s Courtenay Jensen departed on Wednesday for a four-week
volunteer community health placement at a new military clinic at the
foot of Phnom Bok Mountain in Cambodia’s northwest.
 
Ms Jensen and other nursing students from The University of Queensland are accompanying three clinical lecturers.
 
“I am very excited (but) I am getting a bit nervous,’’ Ms Jensen said.
 
“I imagine there will be challenges to our skills but it will be good to practise nursing in a place which really needs it.’‘
 
Ms Jensen, 19, is halfway through her nursing and midwifery studies.
 
She said students had heard some of the discussion on the ban of midwives at home births unless a doctor was present.
 
“We have heard a little bit about it, but it is not affecting us at this stage,’’ she said.
 
Ms Jensen said she liked her course as it provided both academic and practical training.
 
The students will return from Cambodia in the first week of February.
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