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Annelise Brown

A day at the medical centre

My time in Guatamala is coming to an end now; my Spanish has improved, I have become part of the local football team and my days at the medical centre have been varied and very different from New Zealand.
Each day brings something new. Most days I take consultations, examine the patient and provide basic treatment where necessary.

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Annelise Brown

Introductions & hablas español?

I am living in Boloncó, a small village in the Alta Verapaz region. This region is known to be the poorest, and also the most dangerous region in Guatemala. The latter I have not experienced as of yet. The people here are beautiful; they are welcoming and kind. The closest town is Fray Bartalomé de las Casas, a 50 minute drive along a bumpy ‘road’. The area has a tropical rainforest climate and much of its economy has been built on the cultivation of palm oil. Much to my excitement, it is also well known for cacao and coffee plantations.
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Annelise Brown

Guatemala: First Impressions

My first impression of Guatemala was a good one. It is a beautiful country; it is mountainous, with terraced hills, numerous looming volcanoes, and diverse forests. Traffic is busy and chaotic, people are everywhere and food stalls; notably fruit, line the roadside. Churches stand tall in every town, Catholicism being the main religion here. And of course, a town is not complete without a football field, even if it does consist of a dirt patch with makeshift goals at times. I was looking forward to getting out the small football I carry with me everywhere when I travel. › Continue reading…

One of my favourite Spanish quotes is “Ponte Las Pilas”, which literally translates to “put in your batteries” and is akin to the English saying, “put your skates on and get cracking!”. It perfectly describes the first few weeks of my time in Trujillo, Peru. There has been no rest for the wicked and I have loved every moment of it.

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The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust is excited to announce that we will be hosting a  special event fundraiser as part of the National Rural Health Conference in Blenheim this year.

A Private Film Screening ‘She Shears’ | 5 April 2019 | ASB Theatre

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Please join us along with family and friends for DINNER THEATRE at the ASB Theatre, Blenheim for a fundraising event hosted by the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust.

In conjunction with the National Rural Health Conference, and as a fundraiser for the Pat Farry Rural Health Trust, we will be hosting a private screening of the She Shears Film with a Q+A session with guest speaker Jack Nicol (Film Director).

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Annabel Merrett

Virtual Reality Ultrasound

As I hung up my white coat for the last time, I reflected on all the great memories of my 5 weeks in the radiodiagnostic department in Pisa, Italy. One particular stand out was being able to trial a new technology in radiodiagnostics utilising virtual reality technology, with the goal to improve the skills of doctors using ultrasound. › Continue reading…

Marilynn Webb artworks to feature at National Rural Health Conference as part of Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust fundraising event.

Marilynn with her Te Waka Toi award. As feautured in the ODT Monday November 7th

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education trust is delighted to announce that a major component of their fundraising drive in 2019 will feature the auctioning of several original Marilynn Webb prints.

A former Francis Hodgkin Fellow and Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, Marilynn Webb is widely considered to be one of New Zealand’s most distinguished and influential artists.

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Annabel Merrett

Fair Saturday

“Cured yesterday of my disease, I died last night of my physician” – Matthew Prior, The Remedy Worse Than the Disease (1714).

Buongiorno from Italy!

After finishing the hard slog of 5th-year exams, and the relief that came with passing, I was ready to throw myself into learning the culture and health system of Italy whilst improving my radio diagnostic skills. Italy is known to have one of the best healthcare systems in the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) ranked it second in the world behind France for overall efficiency in a report published in 2000. In contrastPeru (my second elective placement) is ranked 129th. (For interest New Zealand is 41st, unfortunately losing to Australia by 9 places). I was curious to experience first-hand the efficiency of an Italian hospital. › Continue reading…

Annelise Brown and Annabel Merrett, fifth-year medical students at the University of Otago School of Medicine, have been announced as the 2018/2019 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.

The scholarships are worth a total of $10,000 and will assist the students with costs associated with undertaking trainee intern electives in innovative and challenging overseas situations next year. Annabel Merrett, from Nelson, will travel to Pisa, Italy and then to Peru, while Annelise Brown, from Christchurch, will travel to Guatemala.

“The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust’s vision is for our work and the experiences that these medical students gain on their electives to ultimately contribute to the quality of rural health services in all regions of New Zealand,” said Mrs. Farry. › Continue reading…

The Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust has announced application details for its Travelling Scholarship for 2018/2019. 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.

2017/2018 Traveling Scholarship recipients Mark Owen-Cooper and Tash Austin

“Scholarships offered by the Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust assist young people to spend valuable time in innovative and challenging overseas situations, to return, and to become the new idea generators here in New Zealand,” said Mr John Farry, Pat Farry Rural Health Education Trust Chairman.

General Practitioner Dr Pat Farry was a tireless advocate and champion of rural health before he passed away in 2009. He devoted much of his career to advocating and lobbying for improvements and funding for rural medicine as well as mentoring and teaching rural healthcare professionals. › Continue reading…

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