I am an obstetrician/gynaecologist from Perth, Western Australia. I graduated from the University of Adelaide (many years ago), and completed my specialist training in Adelaide and the UK. For many years, I have been working in obstetrics / gynaecology practice in Perth.
From the time I was a medical student, I dreamt of working in developing countries, where there is often a desperate need for healthcare. But something else always seemed to intervene. First, I decided to complete my specialist training, then do some travelling and then marriage and raising a family took over.
Finally, with the family grown, I am now living my little dream, working at the MSF Women’s Hospital, in Peshawar, Pakistan. And loving it!
Maternal and fetal mortality rates are high in Pakistan. MSF opened the Women’s Hospital, Peshawar, in May 2011 to provide medical care to vulnerable people in the north-west provinces, (near the border with Afghanistan). The hospital provides free emergency care, including surgery and delivery services for women.