ADI Doctors’ Blogs – Daily Life as a Volunteer Doctor while on Patrol in Papua New Guinea – Dr Li Yen Lim

Yen’s Blog | Month 6 | December 2018 Little Maggie, the selectively smiling superstar On our last patrol to Simberi islands, we came across a 4 year old with a femoral fracture. Yes that’s a break in the thigh bone. Broken bones are pretty painful and I can testify to that with my recently snapped...
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Yen’s blog |Month 5 | Nov 2018. Slow yourself down. This month, I have been relegated to doing two things I am not a fan of – not doing things myself and asking for help. You see, a simple freak accident involving new slippers and an uneven tree root caused me to fracture my right...
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Happy Children It’s not often that you hear the sound of unadulterated children laughing with no traffic noise, phone beeps or vibrations, and it was bliss. The sea breeze rustling the coconut trees brought some welcomed coolness to the mid-morning heat. This was how our clinic set up was on Mananusa Island, a little island...
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Yen’s Blog | Month 3 | September 2018 The quiet child On this last patrol, my heart went out to the children from villages’ inland, brought to the aid post/clinic by their school teacher. They had chronic leg sores and were less well fed than their coastal neighbours. This is presumably due to the lack...
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Month 2. Going to the toilet at night on patrol. Boy do I love a cup of tea at night after dinner. Sadly, I refrained from indulging in this particular favourite activity on patrol as I wasn’t keen on being woken up by a full bladder in the middle of the night. What I loathed...
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Yen’s Blog | Month 1 | July 2018 Kavieng airport Landing in Kavieng airport, you are greeted with smiles from beyond the wire fences of locals waiting for their loved ones. Your baggage is then loaded on to a trolley and brought at a snail’s pace by a farm tractor to the open aired arrivals...
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ADI Doctors Stories

Matt Kelly boarding a plane to Kiunga Western Provinc
ADI Dr Yen Lim heading out to Patrol in New Ireland PNG
Dr Penny Uther, New Ireland, April 2018
ADI Dr Susanne Leenders and baby in Namatanai PNG
ADI volunteer doctor, Dr Rose Haywood training in PNG
Dr Roeland Krann In-Service training New Ireland
Dr De Boer and Dr Oosterhuis-at-Namatani PNG

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The Rotary club of Balgowlah have selected ADI as one of the beneficiaries of funds raised at their upcoming Rock & Roll evening on Tuesday 30 April at the Dee Why RSL Club on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. If you are in the area, come and join us for a great night out dancing to the rocking tunes of local band 3ARO! For tickets, please visit www.trybooking.com/BBGFW
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When it decides to rain in PNG, it really REALLY rains! Our team on patrol in New Ireland had to navigate some pretty challenging road conditions recently. “Our cars got bogged so we had to put rocks under the tyres and pull the vehicles out of the mud. We’re used to difficult conditions and bad roads, but it was a bit harder this time. Thankfully - despite the rain and mud - we could reach the communities we wanted to visit, see the patients and do much-needed public health education in the villages!”
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