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Clear Ears Nurses Volunteering in Vanuatu 2014

Posted on September 24, 2014

Recently Clear Ears nurses Natalie and Meg were fortunate to return to Vanuatu with Mr Perry Burstin for their third volunteering trip as part of a Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Global Health program supported by the 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. This year the team visited Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu to provide ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) services to the region.

Port Vila Hospital, Efate, Vanuatu

Port Vila Hospital, Efate, Vanuatu

Natalie and Meg were invited to assist in Theatre (Scrub, Scout and Anaesthetic), coordinate clinics and to provide some of the lectures on ear health to the Pacific Island Nurses.

Meg & Natalie

Meg & Natalie

This trip the team performed 62 operations, saw 225 patients through the Out Patient Clinic.  Daily Nurse education lectures were provided to the ENT Nurses from Vanuatu, Kiribati and Nauru.

Pacific Island Nurses in Out Patient Clinic

Pacific Island Nurses in Out Patient Clinic

Whilst it is demanding work, Natalie and Meg find it incredibly rewarding to be part of such an amazing team. 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. If you would like to donate to the Pacific Island ENT Nurse Training Fund or find out more about the PIP please visit http://www.surgeons.org/for-the-public/racs-global-health/pacific-island-countries/

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