• Helen

    by User Not Found | Apr 18, 2016


    Last day yesterday and lots to do to get everything done. The students put on a 'light' lunch for us (at 3pm) and there were speeches of warm thanks before they presented each of us with lavalavas and wished us a safe return in September.

    In the evening it was La Le Ladies- a women's fellowship meeting - with wonderful singing and sharing of experiences. More lovely food for supper and then back to Robina House to finish packing for an early start this morning.

    Solomon Islanders are so generous and it's hard to convey to them how much we appreciate their open hospitality.

    We're now at Honiara airport, looking forward to hot showers and air conditioning, but sad to be leaving our friends at Munda.


    Dr David Coman arrived on Monday and saw a number of children yesterday. The local community know him now and trust him to look after their babies. Emily and Marilyn enjoyed sitting in on some of his consultations, and are doing rounds with him this morning.

    Wendy taught research yesterday, a laborious subject, and although the students managed to stay awake through the class, it was touch and go for Wendy "I was so bored with the sound of my own voice" !

    I had discussions with some of the national leaders of the United Church of the Solomon Islands, who were warm in their gratitude for the ongoing UCH support for the hospital and college of nursing.


    HGH Chaplain and  UCH DOMThe weekend was a little less hectic thank goodness. Wendy, Emily and Marilyn taught epidemiology to the 3rd year students on Saturday morning, watched by Terence and Mr Michael Larui, the chairman of the Solomon Islands Nursing Council. They were both very impressed by the quality of the team's teaching. Saturday afternoon, with Terence, we visited a war 'museum' - basically a large shed, jammed with artefacts left on the Island following WWII. Guns, plane engines, helmets, first aid kits and dog tags..... Left behind by Japanese, British and Anzac troops. It was very moving.

    On Sunday, Terence flew back to Brisbane, while the rest of the team, after a 2 hour church service in the morning, spent the afternoon doing as little as possible on a small offshore island. Just us on a beach, with palm trees, a few birds, and lots of sunshine and sea.


    ED &  Dux (Elijah)It only rained for one day. But it was very heavy and has left the place very very humid. It was a lovely sunny day yesterday and The graduation went off well - - - although it started nearly 2 hours late while they waited for the guest of honour, the Minister for Public Services to arrive. The. Graduating students were very nervous but looked extremely proud and smart in their blue academic gowns.

    One of our sponsored students Elijah Melylo, received the award for top student.

    Terence was struck by how emotional the students were after the ceremony, it seemed as if they were very relieved to have made it to the end.

    The ceremony was followed by a Feast with long trestle tables lined up in the shape of a canoe, and laden with pork, fish and vegetables



    Wendy, Marilyn and Emily have been busy clearing out some storage space over at the College and setting it up as a simulation room - to help them meet accreditation standards. They have been moving junk and furniture, scrubbing shelves and painting walls. Staff and students have been busy getting organised for the Graduation, as well as fundraising for new buildings for the College.


    A Solomon Island doctor has been appointed to the HGH for a year. So at last the nurses and patients have a doctor to look after them. Dr. Richard Hapa was trained in PNG and had worked there for some years, so he is very familiar with the tropical illnesses and injuries that present at HGH.

    A middle aged woman came to the hospital yesterday following a stroke. It was confronting to realise how little is available for her rehab and ongoing care in the community.

    Terence arrived safely and we marched him 6km to the hospital to watch a cultural show put on by the local community.

  • Wendy

    by Wendy Zernike | Apr 18, 2016


    Relaxing time out (the island) it's hot


    The students are very dedicated to come in at the weekend.


    today I had the opportunity to go into the malaria lab at the hospital, and see malaria slides for the first time. Zerelda, the technician had diagnosed 3 cases in the last 3 days. She said this was significantly less than 2 years ago since a new drug treatment was introduced


    airportSix years ago there were only a handful of registered nurses (RN) in the hospital. Now there is an RN on every shift. Nurses who were graduating students three years ago, are in charge of the general ward, the paediatric ward and reproductive health. We have really helped them to increase the nursing skills in the hospital.
  • Marilyn

    by User Not Found | Apr 18, 2016


    A glance at history" (museum)
    "a very passionate youth group led the service, lots of singing"


    Its amazing how autonomous the nurses are. I've seen diseases, like TB, that I've only read about before.


    sunsetThe sunset over the lagoon was magical. It was so special to be here in time for the opening ceremony of "College Week ", and to be so warmly welcomed from the stage.
    Feeling happy and excited. Love feeling part of a community. It's not until you come to a place like this that you realise what community really means. The kids are just like one big family. It's a really special feeling to be part of that.
    What we're doing helps the community help one another. I realise how much of an impact we have. The accommodation is better than I expected, humble but comfortable. The fans are a bonus!
  • Emily

    by User Not Found | Apr 18, 2016


    Helen had discussions with some of the national leaders of the United Church of the Solomon Islands, who were warm in their gratitude for the ongoing UCH support for the hospital and college of nursing.

    In the afternoon, Wendy and Helen met with some of next year's students who are looking for sponsorship. They were all women, aged between 19 and 47 very keen to help their local communities. Great candidates for a nursing career.

    Lots of rain this week which has kept the temperature down - phew!


    Canoe at sunsetShame about the sea lice, and the water was a bit murky.



    I had fun playing football (soccer) with the children yesterday


    Emily and Marilyn The whole day was amazing. The first flight was like an episode from "Come Fly with Me". Our second flight, when we and our huge pile of luggage were bundled into a tiny Twin Otter and flew low over the islands, was fantastic.
    The weather is pretty hot and humid. I stood under the fans in the wards. The kids are so happy and carefree, without any electronics; they just enjoy being out with their friends and family
    The nurses don't moan. They're very willing and very accepting and the way they work reminds me of my training, back in the 70's and 80's.

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