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Aussie Action Abroad is working with
communities in Nepal in an ongoing
effort to support developing countries.
The organisation describes itself as
focused on supporting and assisting
Nepali professionals on expeditions that
offer the opportunity to teach, train and
share knowledge and experiences.
Graeme Kent, Director of Aussie Action
Abroad, is passionate about the cause.
"Volunteering for Nepal is about
a real passion and desire to support
people who are doing it pretty tough in
a developing country," Graeme said.
"We've been able to take in
educators, construction workers and
architects, as well as a whole sector of
health workers, including osteos, to
share their skills, abilities and knowledge
alongside our Nepali partners.
"We want osteos, both students
and practitioners, to be able to reflect
on who they are, their practice, what
they're doing and how they're doing it,"
The part the volunteers play is crucial
to the efforts in Nepal. Nicola Perry, an
osteopath, is one such volunteer who
has given her time to the cause.
"Nicola came to us as a participant
eight or nine years ago, then came back
as a leader," said Graeme.
After her first year of volunteering,
Nicola went back to Nepal regularly.
"After a couple of years going to
Nepal to help build houses and work
in schools, I saw an opportunity for
osteopaths to help out," she said.
"I recruited a group and we went
to Nepal to work with an organisation
called CBRS (Community Based Rehab
Services) where we worked with physio-
trained rehab workers helping children
with cerebral palsy."
Nicola said that the trip was all about
having the opportunity to educate and
treat the locals. "I found it rewarding
to help out in another culture, and
particularly a third world country."
Nicola also used her skills to educate
the locals about basic health and said
that she hopes to provide an ongoing
opportunity for osteopaths and other
healthcare professionals to have a once-
"It changes your perspective seeing
how people do what we do, but with less
opportunities than we have," she said.
For Nicola, Aussie Action Abroad is
all about providing opportunities for
osteopaths to share their skills and
make a difference with their knowledge
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"WE WANT OSTEOS
TO REFLECT ON
WHO THEY ARE,
DOING AND HOW
THEY'RE DOING IT."
Some Medicare Local groups offer free
membership to health practitioners and
provide a number of services to improve
the health industry.
Kevin Ryan is one of the many
osteopaths who has taken advantage of
this free membership. His involvement
began towards the end of 2012,
following the meeting of allied health
professionals from the Barwon region
(Geelong and surrounding areas).
After the meeting, Kevin submitted
an application to join the inaugural
allied health sub-committee for Barwon
Medicare Local and was accepted.
"The idea is to assist Barwon Medicare
Local with the involvement of allied
health practitioners," Kevin said.
The committee hopes to devise a
number of workshops and professional
seminars that would potentially involve all
of its allied health practitioners.
"Hopefully, that will enable some
cross pollination between the medical
profession and specialists, as well
as members of the allied health
professions," Kevin said.
Another important aspect of the
committee is its involvement in the
Health Pathways program. Available to
all healthcare professionals online, the
program details Australia's best practice
when treating a range of illnesses.
These initiatives are being driven by
Medicare Local to bridge the gap between
average general practitioners, specialists
and other health professionals so that
there is an understanding of each field.
Go to www.medicarelocals.gov.au for
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