Practising in rural Papua New Guinea

Harry Poka
Med J Aust 2004; 181 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2004.tb06484.x
Published online: 6 December 2004

There are some experiences in medicine that are hard to forget. Mine took place in my second year of residency (between November 1998 and January 1999) during my rural medicine block on the volcanic island of Karkar, in Madang, a maritime province of Papua New Guinea (PNG). The Gaubin Rural Hospital, run by the Lutheran Church, serves the island’s population of over 50 000 people.

  • Harry Poka

  • Emergency Department, The New Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW.



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