doctor awarded for
work in Mongolia
For almost 20 years a team of specialist
Gynaecologists and Anaesthetists from
Melbourne have travelled to the beautiful,
nomadic land of Mongolia.
They have helped train Mongolian doctors in advanced
practices related to laparoscopic-gynaecology surgery and
anaesthesia, facilitating a number of ground-breaking ‘firsts’
in hospitals across several regions of the country.
Frances Perry House specialists Dr Kym Jansen and Dr Phil
Popham have led this team for many years.
The role of nurses in this expedition was never established,
and in 2015 Frances Perry House Perioperative Nurse
Educator Shanez Sinnathamby and her nursing colleague
joined the medical team. This was the very first time nurses
had been part of the medical contingent and the impact they
made was huge. Within two years Shanez’s team helped
initiate practices that improve safety during surgery and
reduce the perioperative transmission of infection. Shanez
14 The Ramsay Way 2017 | 03
MT WILGA DONATES CHAIRS
TO THE SOLOMONS
Mt Wilga Private Hospital recently donated a large number of
chairs to a medical clinic in the Solomon Islands, through the
Adopt-a-Clinic Charity. The charity operates medical clinics in
56 locations in isolated rural areas of the South Pacific.
The Kanata Clinic is on the island of Choiseul in the western
region of the Solomon Islands. The Clinic was rebuilt this year
by Australian volunteers and has recently re-opened.
Mt Wilga CEO Lorrie Mohsen said it was extremely satisfying
to see that the old chairs would have a new home.
“We have been able to assist, even in such a small way
in ensuring the comfort of patients whilst waiting to see a
also trained Mongolian doctors and nurses across three
hospitals, in basic life support skills such as CPR. Prior to this,
not one nurse they encountered in Mongolia had ever been
shown how to perform basic life support.
On the 3rd of June Dr Jansen, Dr Popham and Shanez
returned to Mongolia for 10 days as part of the Australian
medical contingent in their strive to continue improving health
outcomes for Mongolian women.
During this latest trip, Dr Kym Jansen was honoured for the
work she does and was given the title of Visiting Professor
by the Mongolian National University of Health and Medical
Science. We congratulate Dr Jansen on this appointment.
Both Drs Jansen and Popham were also honoured with
medals as ‘honoured citizens of Mongolia’ for their ongoing
commitment to the health of Mongolian women and babies.
NORTH WEST MATERNITY STAFF DELIVER FOR VANUATU MUMS
For the past two years the North West Private Maternity Unit staff have been tirelessly fundraising to provide a much needed
birthing bed to Port Vila Central Hospital in Vanuatu. With the support of the North West Executive team, birthing bed
manufacturer Hill-Rom and other groups, the staff reached their goal and the bed was delivered this week.
A number of midwives and nurses from North West regularly visit the hospital at their own expense and in their own time to
provide support and mentoring to the staff.
The maternity team's efforts raised $7000 which was supplemented by a donation from the NWP executive team and generous
sponsorship from Hill-Rom. The project has enabled the women of the Port Vila community to benefit from the same state-ofthe
art equipment used at North West.
scissors the cutting
edge in art
Artist’s creativity supports Hollywood’s
Master Sculptor, Martin Jaine, is supporting the
Hollywood Private Hospital Research Foundation
through his wonderful works of art, the latest of
which was made from the hospital’s recycled surgical
Martin uses discarded scissors to create flower
sculptures up to 1.2 metres in diameter, and most
recently produced a stunning ballerina. The sculptures
are on display in the gardens of his home, Earlsferry
House, a bed and breakfast in Bassendean.
Proceeds from a donation box in the sculpture garden
at Earlsferry are given to the Foundation, a charitable,
not for profit organisation which raises funds for
medical research grants.
The garden is open to the public on weekends and
visitors are invited to contribute a gold coin to the
donation box. Over the past few months, the sculptures
have helped raise almost $1,000 for the Foundation.
Martin added “It’s wonderful to be able to support such
a worthy cause and give back to an organisation which
benefits the community and provides me with the
resources I require to produce my art.”
A ballerina made using recycled surgical
scissors from Hollywood