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Clear Ears Volunteering in Vanuatu

Posted on October 30, 2013

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2013 AUS-AID ENT PIP team with Vanuatu Nurses

Recently Clear Ears nurses Natalie and Meg were fortunate to return to Vanuatu with Mr Perry Burstin for their second volunteering trip as part of a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australian Government funded Pacific Island Program (PIP).  The PIP provides specialist surgical and medical services to 11 Pacific Island Countries, and delivers capacity building activities for health professionals in the region.

Mr Burstin has developed a strong multidisciplinary team consisting of Surgeons Mr Roger Grigg, Mr Bill Johnston, anaesthetist Dr Matt Hayhoe, nurses Kirsty, Natalie and Meg, Audiologist Peter and Speech Pathologist Sarah.

Natalie and Meg were invited to both assist in Theatre (Scrub and Anaesthetic/PACU) and to provide the Pacific Island Nurses training in our Course in Aural Care.

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ENT PIP team with Pacific Islands Nurses participating in training program

What does a typical day involve?

A typical day in Vanuatu starts at 0630am for Perry’s yoga-pilates and at the hospital at 8 am. The team are in clinic assessing patients; providing lectures and on the job training to the nurses; or in theatre operating. The day ends anywhere from 6pm to 8pm followed by a team dinner and then bed.

56 operations were performed this trip, ranging from Head and Neck, (parotid tumour resections, ranula excisions); General ENT, (adentiodectomy/tonsillectomy/nasal polyp removal) and Otology, (Tympanomastoidectomy for Cholesteatoma and Grommets for otitis media) procedures.

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Surgeons Mr Bill Johnston, Mr Perry Burstin with Dr Matt Hayhoe and RN Kirsty Macleod

70 Audiology assessments and 14 Speech Pathology treatments were provided along with a daily lecture and teaching series to the 15 pacific island nurses.

It is demanding work but incredibly rewarding to be part of such an amazing team.

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Nurses in CSSD, Port Vila Hospital

 The program relies on funding from the Australian Government and donations made to the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons to be able to continue into the future.   Recently Clear Ears nurses Natalie and Meg were fortunate to return to Vanuatu with Mr Perry Burstin for their second volunteering trip as part of a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and Australian Government funded Pacific Island Program (PIP).  The PIP provides specialist surgical and medical services to 11 Pacific Island Countries, and delivers capacity building activities for health professionals in the region.

If you would like to donate to the Vanuatu ENT program or find out more about the PIP please visit http://www.surgeons.org/for-the-public/racs-global-health/donations/

 

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