Aust medical schools give birthing beds


The Queensland Rural Medical Education and Griffith University have donated two birthing beds to the Kiunga Hospital obstetric ward in Western.
The beds will assist birthing mothers and staff.
The beds are hydraulic and can be easily adjusted for the mothers’ needs and staff requirements as well. The beds can also be quickly reconfigured for an emergency situation.
Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) made the donation with shipping and logistic support from its Brisbane and Kiunga teams.
Since 2013, final-year medical students from Griffith University in Queensland, have been completing six-week rotations at Kiunga Hospital through an agreement between the hospital, Queensland Rural Medical Education and Griffith University.
There have been 48 students participating in the rotation programme to date.
Prof Scott Kitchener, from Queensland Rural Medical Education and Griffith University, said the support and friendship from the Kiunga Hospital staff, OTML and the community was greatly valued as this was essential to the successful medical student placement programme.
Kiunga Hospital is supported through the North Fly Health Services Development Programme, a public-private partnership between local health services, OTML, Ok Tedi Development Foundation and Abt Associates as the implementation partner.

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