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…

Jordan Gibbs and Ursula Poole, sixth year medical students at the University of Otago School of Medicine, have been announced as the 2016/2017 recipients of the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Travelling Scholarship by Sue Farry on behalf of the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust’s trustees. › Continue reading…

All good things come to an end

We’ve left the Orkney Islands, and they have certainly left a mark on me. I have been surprised in the most delightful way by these islands and the people who live there. I thought I’d finish by writing down a collection of the wee moments that have all come together to spark the great love for Orkney that I now have. › Continue reading…

Farewell Orkney

I have had a pretty varied roster in the Balfour lately, flicking between women’s health clinics, A&E, and theatre. Everyone is, as always, very welcoming, and I have found it helpful to try and see things that I hadn’t had a huge amount of experience in otherwise. › Continue reading…

Meet Bernie

Before we came across to the Orkney Islands, I was really intrigued to find out who the doctors and nurses were on the isles and why they were there. What kind of people were they? Where were they at in their careers? And why were they in Orkney? I’ve since answered that final question for myself – it’s FANTASTIC.

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ORCADES

Orkney is great for many reasons. Another one of these I have come across this week is the participation of Orcadians in the ORCADES study (ORCADES standing for the Orkney Complex Disease Study). This is a genetic epidemiological study based out of Edinburgh that is looking to identify genes and variants of Orcadians that are associated with common diseases that are seen here on the Orkney Isles. There are over 2000 Orcadians who participate in this study, with eligibility criteria being that subjects must be descendants of two Orcadian grandparents. › Continue reading…

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