While Australians prepare for a relaxing Queen’s Birthday long weekend, East Timor Hearts Fund volunteers are gearing up for another busy round of heart screening clinics in Timor-Leste.
Our honorary medical adviser, Dr Noel Bayley, and volunteer medical team are about to head up to Timor-Leste, where they’ll spend the long weekend hard at work. Over four days our team will see hundreds of patients, identifying new candidates for treatment in Australia, and doing check-ups on patients who have previously had surgery to ensure their recovery is on track.
Our team will be doing clinics in Dili, at Guido Valadares National Hospital and with our partner, non-government health service Bairo Pite Clinic. They will also travel to Baucau, 120 kilometres east of the capital, to screen patients there.
As well as the medical team, our CEO Stuart Thomson, and voluntary board member and board committee chair Bill Appleby (who is the CEO of Jewish Care Victoria in his day job) are also Dili-bound. Stu and Bill will attend some of our clinics to meet the patients and support the volunteer clinic staff. They’ll also be meeting with some of our most important partners in Timor-Leste.
Our team will once again be achieving some amazing things in Timor-Leste, so stand by for some exciting updates from the field!