On Wednesday, 28th July 2021, a Vice-Dean for Healthcare Study Programmes and Information Technology prof. PhDr. Andrea Pokorná, Ph.D. welcomed him at the premises of the University Campus. A representative from the Australian Government’s trade and investment development agency, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) PhDr. Zdenka Kotalová also attended the meeting.
The meeting focused on informing about joint activities of Masaryk University, mainly the Faculty of Medicine, and the Australian colleagues from University of Tasmania, namely from the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in Hobart. The main area of cooperation is the preparation of implementation strategy for online education on care for people suffering from dementia (Massive Online Open Course Understanding Dementia) under the expert patronage of the FM MU. This course is an example of “best practice” within the National Action Plan for Alzheimer's disease and similar diseases, therefore there is a guarantee of its nationwide implementation. Furthermore, it is also connected to other expert activities of the FM MU and cooperating workplaces of university hospitals. The cooperation between the universities was confirmed in April of 2019 within the Memorandum of Understanding, which was extended this year.
Part of the project is also the preparation of the so-called Launch Event with the attendance of representatives from the South Moravian Region, the City of Brno, Ministry of Health and the B-Braun company. Further possibilities of academic cooperation between Czech and Australian experts were discussed as well, not only in the area of geriatric care, but also in other areas of gaining experience in professional education of healthcare workers.