AUSTRALIA’S Manning Hospital clinical nurse specialist Janine White will be in Papua New Guinea to conduct an education programme for nurses, community health workers and teachers.
Ms White will be teaching medical staff about basic first aid and the resuscitation of newborn babies.
The volunteer work was organised after Ms White received a call from the Salvation Army asking for her assistance abroad.
“It was very moving. I just hope that I can help them,” Ms White said.
She will also be visiting her family, as her sister and brother-in-law run a Salvation Army School in Port Moresby.
She will be bringing to PNG supplies no longer needed by the Taree Hospital.
“We have such strict standards here in Australia. We can’t use anything after the ‘best before’ date, even though it’s still safe. I’ll be taking a lot of supplies over to PNG where they are needed desperately,” she said.
Ms White has also received help from medical company, Laerdal, which has donated 10 resuscitation mannequins for demonstration and training.
And Ms White admits it will not be much of a relaxing holiday.
“I don’t think I’ll be stopping very much, but hopefully, I get a chance to look around,” she said.
Besides working in Port Moresby, Ms White will be visiting community health workers in Goroka, Kainantu and the Kompri community.
And as a gift for the end of her trip, Ms White will be at the end of the Kokoda track for Anzac Day, where she would be able to honour her father, a prisoner of war in Germany, and her uncle, who fought in World War II.
Originally from Sydney, Ms White has lived in Wingham and worked at Manning Hospital for 20 years.
Virgin Blue is handling all of Ms White’s extra luggage free of charge.