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Clear Ears Nurses Volunteer in Vanuatu

Posted on July 31, 2012

Recently Clear Ears nurses Natalie and Meg were invited to join Mr Perry Burstin to provide ENT specialist surgical services and conduct ENT Nurse training in Vanuatu under the AusAID-funded Pacific Islands Program (PIP) being managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

Ni-van children

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 been providing services to the Vanuatu program since 2002. He has established a strong multidisciplinary team including Surgeons, an Anaesthetist, Nurses, a Speech Therapist and an Audiologist to provide comprehensive clinical and teaching services to the Ni-van community.

Perry, Kirsty, Natalie, Meg, Sarah, Peter, Sarah, Roger, Tenzin & Matt

Since 2002, the team led by Mr. Burstin has conducted 8 annual ENT nurse Training workshops in Vanuatu aimed at upgrading the medical knowledge and skills of Ni-van and other Pacific islands nurses. The program enables them to deliver a range of primary, secondary and tertiary ENT services to their community. This is achieved through a formal multidisciplinary lecture series; on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring; and fostering of ongoing clinical support from the Australian team via telephone and email.

Ni-van Nurses in Clinic with Perry

The program relies on funding from AusAID 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 Vanuatu ENT program or find out more about the PIP please visit

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