Nathan enjoys working in challenging environments and, in the past, has participated in volunteer medical projects in Bangladesh, Morocco and Nepal. While in PNG with ADI, Dr Nathan volunteered in New Ireland to provide support to local health care workers and improve the health of rural and remote PNG communities.
“The patrols present an opportunity for community members to be assessed by a wide variety of health professionals and also for individuals to receive broad education on significant health issues including gender-based violence, sexual health and sexually-transmitted diseases, oral health and tuberculosis awareness. While in PNG, I worked closely with the Provincial Health Authority (PHA) staff members who were all very keen to actively participate in the patrols and provide a high level of service to the communities we visited. The provision of health education to community members and at schools is an exceptionally valuable opportunity for intervention. Empowering people with knowledge and providing strong and consistent health messages is extremely important, and this was performed very well on each patrol.”