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Equipment provides much-needed help

Staff from across Mater’s hospitals and departments banded together in 2009 to donate much-needed medical equipment and supplies to disadvantaged foreign hospitals.

Good Samaritan Hospital in the Solomon Islands was in desperate need of a used ECG machine to monitor vital signs in pregnant women—especially those who have anaemia related to malaria, poor diet and pregnancy.

Mater ENT consultant Dr Fiona Panizza and Manager of Biomedical Engineering Graham Carter located a 10 year old monitor that was ideal for Good Samaritan’s needs, as well as Pulse oximeters and a defibrillator.

“Because Mater is always working to source the latest medical equipment to treat our patients, sometimes we have the occasional piece of equipment that has been superseded by Australian standards,” Mr Carter said.

“However, these pieces of equipment are perfectly usable for clinical applications in developing communities, such as the Solomon Islands.

“It is a great way for us to give back to a community who desperately needs something we no longer use.”

Sisters from Good Samaritan Hospital were very grateful for Mater’s donation.

“Really, it is a great gift to the Good Samaritan Hospital and to the people of Solomon Islands. We are grateful indeed for your goodness and all those who have made this possible,” the Sisters said in a letter to Dr Panizza.

During 2009, Mater also joined forces with Rotary to support the struggling Porgera Hospital in Papua New Guinea.

Supplies were sourced to match urgent requirements and included hospital beds and examination tables, linen, medical consumables, an ultrasound machine and defibrillator.

Toll assisted with supply of the shipping container and transportation of the goods.

Staff at the Porgera Hospital unload much-needed supplies

Staff at the Porgera Hospital unload much-needed supplies

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