Midwife Liz Milroy joined the humanitarian aid organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in 2012. She has been on two assignments with the organisation, working as a midwife in Papua New Guinea and Jordan.
Liz, why did you decide to work with Médecins Sans Frontières?
I had always wanted to do humanitarian work and was particularly interested in maternal health. I had seen the WHO statistics that up to 1000 women a day die in childbirth or childbirth-related causes and was horrified by the numbers. Most of the causes are preventable or treatable.
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Evdokia Katahanas’ hilariously close-to-the-bone comedy THE PLOT opens on Valentine’s Day (14 Feb) at the Mantouridion Theatre in Marrickville, Sydney, and is set to win hearts and minds … while ruffling quite a few feathers!
When aged care facility resident Jacob dies, all hell breaks loose.
Lily, the manager, finds herself unexpectedly caught up in a web of gossip, intrigue, treachery, political manoeuvring, friendship … and great food. Greek food. Lily struggles to survive the ensuing chaos and finds herself sinking deeper and deeper into an absurd – and at times savage – world in which she must play the heroine.
At last year’s International Council of Nurses (ICN) Congress held in Melbourne, Coral Levett attended a panel presentation titled ‘Modern Day Slavery’. Coral describes what she heard.
The panel included speakers Joy Johnson from Canada, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo from Nigeria and Jintana Yunibhand from Thailand. Like many people in the room, I had made some assumptions about slavery being a thing of the past for the most part, acknowledging the practice may still be present in some developing nations that are not so much under the international microscope. It conjured up thoughts of chains and shackles, imprisonment and deprivation. But this is only the slavery of those who had know liberty.
Coral Levett writes: Some of you may have heard of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet – an innovative web resource that is helping to ‘close the gap’ between the health of indigenous and other Australians by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy. I learned about this resource at a Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN) Congress.
The HealthInfoNet is a not for profit service funded primarily by the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing based at Edith Cowan University in Perth and can be sourced at www.healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au