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Lidwin Anushala Alexander - Sri Lanka

Course: Nursing
Institute: Australian Catholic University

The Australian education definitely prepared me in facing the challenges of nursing and made a real difference in my life by providing a creativity and unique kind of education which encouraged me to be inventive and to think as an individual. The teachers are friendly and very helpful. There are on campus, services for international students that offer support to make them feel no different to the Australian students and so make them feel very welcome.

I strongly believe that this new global awareness has given me an edge in my personal and professional life. The four years have been one of the richest learning experiences in my life, learning a new culture, meeting new people and attending a very famous university. Studying at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) not only challenged me intellectually but also imbued in me the love of learning and also ignited my interest to pursue a degree in Nursing.

After gaining a degree qualification at the ACU in April, 2009, I returned to my home in the North east, of Sri Lanka. It was at the time of an end to three decades of war in my country and the consequences of it was the subject on everyone’s lips. I was moved with so much sadness and was asked to support the humanitarian work that was being done at the Mannar General Hospital where there were large numbers of civilian amputees as a result of the war which ended in May 2009. I was asked by the hospital head consultant to work as a team with a prosthetic surgeon and a technician from the UK in rehabilitating the limbless patients. Other duties involved attending IDP camps (internally displaced people) and issuing medical supplies to the many patients that were in urgent need of treatment.

Later 2011 I joined staff at the Holy Cross hospital in Jaffna and the School of Health Science (run by the nuns). I am one of four teaching Sisters and we have approximately 20-25 nursing students per year. We have young women from war zone areas whose family back ground is very poor.  These women were unable to continue their higher education and so stayed at home due to lack of financial help and security and as a result were unable to find work.

I was honored to receive an Austrade Alumni award in February 2014 for community service and would highly recommend Australia for anyone that wants to come to study and I am sure they will love it!

Last updated: Monday, 17 August 2015 3:16:08 PM

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