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Xiamen Paediatirc exchange visit to Wellington Hospital 2014
The Pediatric Project -

a partnership between Otago University ( Wellington ), Capital and Coast DHB, First Affiliated Hospital of Xiamen University, and WXA , is now also receiving support from Fisher & Paykel Healthcare. Each year two young medical staff from Xiamen are selected to undertake a 10 week attachment with specialist consultants at Wellington Hospital, under the care and guidance of Dr Thorsten Stanley, Senior Lecturer, Pediatrics, at University of Otago ( Wellington ). In turn, Dr Stanley has visited Xiamen to lecture and discuss collaborative research projects. The role of WXA in the exchange has been largely to provide accommodation and social support for the visitors.

Both sides benefit from the sharing of knowledge and skills - experience gained by the Xiamen doctors while in Wellington has been very beneficial to clinical progress in Xiamen; and on the other hand, the large number of patients in Chinese hospitals means that larger sample groups are available for research projects, and also knowledge of conditions not yet seen in NZ offer potential for early diagnosis when they do finally present here.

This year the two visiting pediatric staff are endocrinologist Dr Xu Shanshan, and neo-natal ICU nurse Ms Xiao Yujuan. They arrived on September 4th, and are enjoying adapting to our New Zealand way of life, exploring the city and enjoying the work at Wellington Hospital.