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Dear Friends,

The team at Australian Doctors International (ADI) have been working hard over the last couple of months and there are a few new projects in the pipeline. More on those shortly… In excellent news, we have been notified that we have received full accreditationfrom DFAT under the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP)! This achievement recognises ADI’s work and progress in partnering with local health service providers to deliver healthy outcomes in PNG, and facilitates our work in new locations across PNG. It represents years of hard work, and the incremental growth of ADI as a development organisation. We are grateful for the recognition from DFAT in that and look forward to continuing our work in PNG.
Importantly, ADI has now formally entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with PNG’s National Department of Health (NDoH) – the MOU has been signed by both the PNG Secretary of Health, Pascoe Kase, and ADI’s President, Dr Peter Macdonald. Parties agree to work collaboratively towards objectives and priorities set out in NDoH’s plans, policies and programs, including with a focus on increasing access to health services for underserviced communities.
ADI are also pleased to announce a new partnership with the Old Dart Foundation. TheFoundation is a good match for ADI with their focus on programs that tackle poverty in Chile, Papua New Guinea, Peru and the Philippines.

Warm regards,
Klara
Australian Doctors International CEO
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IN THE FIELD…

  • This year Dr Jenny Hamper has returned to volunteer with ADI in New Ireland. She was there in 2013 and 2014, and we are lucky to have her volunteer with us again now. She is currently on the Konoagil East patrol.
  • Over in Western ProvinceDr Charlie Coventry has made his mark. We took a quick look through the patient data we have  found that he’s seen close to 200 patients on outreach patrols, as well as consulting, performing operations and assisting the PNG doctor with surgeries on  81 occasions in Kiunga Hospital and another 52 at the Catholic Health clinic in Kiunga. He has consulted with and treated where necessary, adults and children with malaria and tuberculous, and administered polio vaccinations in remote Biangabip. He has also found himself in emergency situations where he has had to treat stab-wounds and gun shot victims, as well as delivering babies in obstetric crisis. Charlie has travelled by foot, car, boat, helicopter and plane – and he’s only been deployed for three months!
  • We have launched our recruitment campaign for opportunities in PNG. Please take a look through the various roles we have advertised and get in touch if you have questions on how you can get involved. We’d love to hear from you. We are looking for health management professionals as well as doctors and senior nurses.
  • Early in May ADI’s Family Planning and Gender Equity team will head out to the remote communities of Messi, Kimadan and Kabanut in New Ireland to educate 20 key community leaders and school teachers in each community as community educators – stimulating demand for family planning as well as support for health professionals. Content ranges from understanding modern family planning methods, dispelling common myths and misunderstandings, and the link between family planning, women’s health and female participation in communities.
Neo Natalie' baby mannequin to be used in Emergency Obstetric Training Courses
Pictured: ‘Neo Natalie’ baby mannequin to be used in Emergency Obstetric Training Courses
  • In mid-May we are holding an Emergency Obstetric modular training workshop for 16 community health workers and nursing officers from around North and Middle Fly, Western Province. Content has been developed based on existing PNG reproductive health material including the PNG’s Standard Treatment Manual on Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We are very grateful for the contribution from Lois Berry, Heather Gulliver and Dr Merrilee Frankish for this. This course is in response to partner requests for upskilling opportunities in emergency obstetric topics in order to tackle PNG’s high maternal mortality rate and provide remote community healthcare workers with greater skills and confidence.

MEET THE TEAM…ADI recognises the quality of it’s staff, the frontline team who solve problems, and get outreach health patrols together to reach the remote and rural communities in PNG we serve. ADI is really fortunate to have the talent of Sherel Nama on our team in PNG. Sherel graduated from the Divine Word University in Health Management, and has since put her skills to use. She is now ADI’s Office Manager in Kavieng responsible for liaising with stakeholders in the New Ireland Provincial Health Authority and Provincial Government; planning outreach health patrols and working with ADI’s Program and Finance Managers to deliver financially sound programs. We welcome Sherel to our team and look forward to working together to deliver health outcomes to New Ireland.

 

 

IN OTHER NEWS…

  • If you would like to get involved with helping ADI to raise funds, we’d love to hear from you! We are currently developing resources and ideas to help you get started. For more information, please send us an email.
  • Along with our newsletter, you can keep up to date with the work we are doing in PNG via Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in or download a copy of our 2017/18 Annual Report. Just click on the icons below to see our social media pages. We would love for you to follow, like, comment and share our posts as to help us build our network of supporters for this important work we do in PNG.
Pictured : Eye testing clinic with local school children while on patrol.
Pictured : Eye testing clinic with local school children while on patrol.

 

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