Changing Lives in APAC
Let's talk about Caz!
After having completed various inspiring volunteering experiences, Acute Pain Nurse, Caz McLoughlin applied to volunteer in Samoa with Interplast in 2014. Luckily, her application was a success. Interplast offers free reconstructive surgery and works closely with local organisations; hospitals, universities and local NGOs, to provide surgical services to those who cannot afford or access care in the Asia/Pacific region.
The team consists of 2 surgeons, an anaesthetist, two nurses (including Caz) and a hand therapist. During that trip in September 2016, they achieved a record number of consults and procedures, with predominately children. Caz has since returned to volunteer with Interplast, and will do so again in future.
No matter who you are, you can make a huge difference by volunteering. Learn about volunteering at Epworth and the kinds of positions available here.
The emergency department assesses & treats people with serious injuries as well as those in need of emergency treatment.
Getting an x-ray is not the frightening concept it once might have been. We know so much about all types of scans and the potential hazards and how to avoid them, and technology is rapidly advancing. Some hospitals even boast an EOS now, which allows them to complete scans with 6-9 times less radiation than typical x-rays.
It’s rarely contested that being around nature has benefits for your health. It ensures you’re spending more time outdoors, gives you a sense of connectedness with the world, and has been found to lower stress and reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. The best news is that even in the city there are many places to get in touch with nature. Here are five of them:
Twenty-five weary participants have just returned home after completing the final section of the Spanish Camino de Compostela.
Walking 115km over six days they were blessed with perfect weather, some authentic historic farmhouse accommodation and knowledgeable guides.
It’s easy for anyone who has travelled overseas and comes home to Australia to realise how fortunate we are when it comes to affordable and readily available fresh, wholesome food.