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No ticket for a corpse

John S Whitehall
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (11): 670-671.
Published online: 1 December 2008

Saibai Island is the closest part of Australia to another country. Lying in the Torres Strait, off the tip of Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, the mangrove-rimmed mudflat is only 4 km from Papua New Guinea (PNG) — a mere 20 minutes in an outboard dinghy, but a journey from poverty to plenty in terms of health care for residents of the palm-thatched village of Mabaduwan, PNG, north of Saibai. Mothers bring their sick children to the primary health care centre in Saibai, and who can blame them? Once a dinghy beaches, a Rolls-Royce service is triggered.

  • John S Whitehall

  • Department of Neonatology, Townsville Hospital, Townsville, QLD.


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