Townsville Hospital My Health Record HHS integration officer Sarah Glendon is combining her passions for travel and health care by embarking on a volunteer placement in Kenya, providing medical assistance to communities living in extreme poverty.
The placement is part of the Nurses in Action program by World Youth International who run regular four-week volunteer placements for nurses and allied health professionals.
Ms Glendon said she was looking forward to combining travel and health care while helping those less fortunate. “I love travelling overseas and have travelled extensively. I have also always wanted to spend time abroad providing health care to communities that are not as fortunate as ours,” she said. “I made a decision that my overseas travel from now on would be based on giving something back to the communities that I visit. “The program is a great opportunity to combine the two areas and I think it makes your travel a little bit more meaningful.”
Ms Glendon said the role would complement her previous nursing experience. “I am an endorsed enrolled nurse and I also have a Bachelor of Health Promotion with a background in both clinical and health promotion roles,” Ms Glendon said.
“The placement involves a range of health-care activities including assisting with HIV testing, visiting sick people in their homes, wound management and incredibly busy medical clinics. “We will also do some health education for both the townspeople and health professionals covering issues like hand hygiene and sexual health. “I look forward to using both my clinical skills and my health education skills to try and make a difference in their community.”
Ms Glendon is aiming to raise $2,200 for the trip to further assist the communities. “The fundraising money goes towards continuing to fund the programs as well as clinical resources in Kenya and Nepal such as the medical centre and dental clinic,” she said. Ms Glendon’s placement begins next June.
To donate to her cause you can visit http://worldyouth.org.au/WorldYouth_DonationsPayments