The Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine hosted a student organised Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training workshop (ASIST) from 18-19 January. Organised by Phase 3 student Omar Mansour, the workshop focused on teaching the necessary skills to medical students to assist in dealing with the fragile situation of a person who is contemplating or threatening suicide.
“The ASIST workshop is for medicine students who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide” said Omar.
19 students participated in the two-day, highly interactive, practical and practiceoriented workshop which is anticipated to be held each semester. In line with Bond’s small class size philosophy, the number was capped at 20 students per workshop to allow for an intensive and personalised experience.
“Medical students sometimes feel that they do not know how to deal with a delicate situation involving suicide. I believe it is very important to have basic level of skills to deal with suicide” said medical student Omar.
Professor Chris Del Mar, who opened the workshop, says “This suicide prevention weekend was a wonderful example of students taking initiative and setting up an educational activity for students that seems really worthwhile.”
Omar is actively involved in several other initiatives including Asian Medical Students’ Association and has recently returned from the East Asian Medical Students Conference (EAMSC) held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“Part of my role as Regional Chairperson AUSTRALIA for the EAMSC has been to engage Bond medical students in international conferences and learning opportunities” said Omar.
Omar was the first Bond medical student to attend an international student conference and has since attended over ten conferences including making an address to the World Health Organisation Regional Pacific Meeting and being invited to attend the general assembly to the European Students’ Conference.