Introduction

Visionary leader, highly respected teacher, healer, mentor, tireless advocate and champion of Rural Health, Dr Pat Farry was unmatched in his efforts and contribution to Rural Medicine and General Practice education. His vision of sustainable and quality health services for rural communities and small towns of New Zealand was through education. He devoted much of his career to advocating and lobbying for improvements and funding for rural medicine. The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust was established in March 2010, with the purpose of continuing this legacy. › Continue reading…

Readjustment and Reflections

In two weeks I have gone from feeling completely out of my element in Vila Central Hospital to instantly feeling at home at Grey Base. I was greeted warmly with “Welcome back!”, “You obviously couldn’t get enough of us” and “Did I see you in the paper?”. › Continue reading…

Matatus and Maternal Health

Jambo from Siaya, Kenya! The new ‘mzungu’ (white person) has arrived in town. My first discovery about the Kenyan people is that they are very friendly and have super human seeing capacity. They can spot a mzungu from literally miles away. All I hear is a faint “mzungu, mzungu!!” and someone will be waving furiously in the distance. Or maybe I stick out more than I realized, given I haven’t seen a fellow mzungu since I arrived. After only a few days, passing taxi drivers started yelling “to Ulamba?” (the orphanage where I am staying) before I could even open my mouth…very convenient really. › Continue reading…

Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Final Days in Nepal

The snow has rapidly crept its way down the Annapurna range this week, and there is a definite chill in the air to indicate winter is on it’s way. I’m not sure where the last one and a half months went, it is a little bit sad to be leaving, but onwards it is for the next experience. › Continue reading…

Christmas with the pikininis

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Vanuatu! I hope everyone had a fantastic day with friends and family. I spent my Christmas with my colleague Jess, on Iririki Island – the staff there put on an amazing lunch which we then followed with some of the best snorkelling I have seen in my time here. › Continue reading…

The Tough Road of Rehabilitation – Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are not all that uncommon here in Nepal. Falls and, perhaps not surprisingly, motor vehicle accidents are a common causes. This week Green Pastures Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre (GPHRC) opened a brand new ward for spinal rehab patients, a project supported by the Finland Christian Medical Society and the Finish Government. It will be a step up from the current dark and tired ward to a much brighter place for spinal cord injury patients undergoing their rehabilitation. › Continue reading…

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