DYNAMIQ IN THE NEWS: PAPUA NEW GUINEA DIARY: DR JON FIELD

PAPUA NEW GUINEA DIARY: DR JON FIELD

08 May 2014

I recently travelled to Papua New Guinea with Dynamiq Assist’s team leader Renee Littlejohn to expand our networks with aeromedical retrieval providers and inspect the quality of medical facilities that a Dynamiq client will be using.

Foreign investment is flooding into the resource rich country, which is evident by the vast amount of building projects we saw in various stages of completion. Our client CANSTRUCT specialises in remote area building projects, and is currently in Popendetta, half an hour’s flight north of Port Moresby where they are currently building bridges. We examined the prospect of setting up an on-site clinic for their workers.

Papua New Guinea poses challenges at many levels when it comes to supporting clients living and working there. Although Medical facilities in Port Moresby are improving, capability in the country remains well below Australian standards. Tropical diseases such as dengue fever and malaria are real dangers. Outside the capital, local health care facilities are rudimentary.

One of the crucial roles of Dynamiq Assist is to coordinate aeromedical evacuations from Papua New Guinea back to Australia In the event of serious illness or injury. To facilitate this we have developed important working relationships with providers like Australian based 'Careflight' and Port Moresby based 'Tropicair'. The owners of Tropicair showed us around their impressive facility. Importantly, we were also able to inspect all the local facilities in which to stabilise patients prior to transfer.

So what do you do if you are going to Papua New Guinea? Be careful, expect the unexpected and make sure you have the number for the EOC! Safe and happy travels!

-Dr Jon Field, Medical Director, Emergency Assist

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