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…

Damage Control – Septic Surgery

I have now been in a number of surgeries with Dr Kamal during my time at Green Pastures. No fewer than 99% of patients were requiring debridement and amputation of toes or fingers as a consequence of leprosy patients’ nemesis – pressure ulcers. The last 1% were requiring biopsies to rule out a chronic ulcer from a squamous cell carcinoma, which was well on it’s was if that was the case. Before I launch in, I apologize in advance to those who are prone to becoming a wee bit squeamish as this blog does get a little gruesome. › Continue reading…

Life lessons on the Maternity Ward

Despite the overwhelming heat (yes, I’m bragging, but only a little) and incredibly long days, my time here is flying by! Halfway through my stay here I find I’ve settled into somewhat of a routine and am feeling very much at home in this beautiful country. › Continue reading…

Living with Leprosy (kusTarog)

This week I have been getting into the ‘routine’ of Green Pastures. I start my morning with a 20 minute cycle from my B&B to the hospital…or 30 minutes depending on how many times I have to stop to put John’s bike chain back on or how many buffalo, cows, dogs, chickens and crazy drivers I have to navigate en-route. It is really just like navigating a set of moving roundabouts. The free range cows are the ones you really want to miss, hitting one of those can land you a life time jail sentence. Humans on the other hand…well they are apparently dispensable, so that does really matter. › Continue reading…

Culture shock and communication issues

Having done very little travel, I was amazed to find out that culture shock is not the myth I believed it to be. No amount of planning or research could have prepared me for just how out of depth I would feel when I arrived here in Vanuatu. Most everything I’ve seen and heard since I got here has been so different to my version of ‘the norm’ that I couldn’t help but miss home like crazy at first. Thankfully, after a week of sunshine and friendly locals, I feel more at home here and am looking forward to the next five weeks. › Continue reading…

Welcome to Nepal – Never Ending Peace And Love

As I write and re-write this blog, I don’t know where to start! I have experienced and learnt so much already it is hard to choose ‘the best bits’ to avoid writing a novel of what I have seen and done so far. › Continue reading…

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