School of Health Professions

Students from Australia Visit KU, Share Experience in Serving Indigenous Populations

Jan 3, 2013

Students from Australia listen as Dean Miller (at right) explains the various units that comprise the KU Medical Center.

Faculty, staff and students from the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle, Australia, visited the KU Medical Center December 13, 2012, for a unique international educational experience.

The Wollotuka Institute is committed to excellence in academics, research, indigenous student engagement and indigenous staff employment and development. Wollotuka in the language of the Awabakal means, “eating and meeting place.” 

Wollotuka's three faculty and staff and 12 students toured campus, met with leaders of the School of Health Professions and split into smaller groups to learn about academic methods and trends here at KU. A Wollotuka student studying nutrition met with students and the department chair, Debra Sullivan, Ph.D., of the KU Department of Dietetics and Nutrition.

Wollotuka group listens as Dean Karen Miller, Ph.D. (second from left) responds to a question about differences in academic culture.
The Wollotuka medical students met with four students of the KU School of Medicine, while the group's education students spent time with Sonny Painter from Teaching and Learning Technologies.

All of the Wollotuka Institute visitors met with Christine Daley, Ph.D., and the faculty and staff from the Center for American Indian Community Health to discuss the ongoing research activities in the Center.

Lou Loescher-Junge, associate dean of undergraduate programs (at left), thanks the students from Australia after she was recognized for her efforts to host the event by Dr. Peter O'Mara of Wollotuka.


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