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…

Join us at the National Rural Health Conference

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust is excited to announce that we will be hosting various fundraising activities at the National Rural Health Conference this year.

New to the social programme is the Pat Farry Trust fundraiser dinner ‘authentic Lebanese family cuisine’ at Gemmayze St on Friday 6th April from 7:00 pm.

`Gemmayze St is the brainchild of chef, Samir Allen, (Pat Farry’s nephew) a talented young chef whose roots are deeply entrenched in his Lebanese heritage. After pursuing his dream of a pilgrimage back to Lebanon to study the gastronomic practices of his patrimony he returned to Auckland to open the amazing “GEMMAYZE ST.”

If you are attending the conference you can book the Pat Farry Trust dinner via the conference website or alternatively you can book here. Sue Farry and the Trust invite all supporters of the Trust including family and friends. › Continue reading…

Pat Farry Trust awards $10,000 in 2017/2018 scholarship announcement.

Natasha Austin and Mark Owen-Cooper, fifth year medical students at the University of Otago School of Medicine, have been announced as the 2017/2018 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…

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust has announced application details for its Travelling Scholarship for 2017/2018. The annual Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Travelling Scholarship awards up to $10,000.00, which may be divided between two recipients. The scholarship assists medical students to travel internationally to a rural situation to observe new concepts, develop their own skills and share their learning with other students when they return. › Continue reading…

Life, Hope and the Buddha’s Tooth

Management of cases in a Paediatric ICU is an area I have not had a lot of experience in during my clinical training so this week I chose to spend my time on this ward to further my knowledge of this specialty. It was explained to me by the consultant early on in the first ward round that the most challenging aspect of managing children on the ward is discussing end of life care due to the Sri Lankan emphasis upon the sanctity of life. › Continue reading…

At Capacity and Infections

The idea of a hospital being ‘at capacity’ has gained a new meaning for me since my attachment started on the Paediatrics ward at Karapitiya. This year has been particularly bad for dengue in Sri Lanka with an estimated 81, 000 dengue patients nationwide and around 250 deaths from this mosquito-borne virus.

Paediatric ward at Karapitiya

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