An Australian surgeon
and a Ni-Vanuatu surgeon performed 20 operations (predominantly cleft lip reconstructions) and held a further 32 consultations in Port Vila from 28 August and 2 September, 2016.

Australian plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Ian Holten, and local surgeon, Samuel Kemuel, with support from the staff at Vila Central Hospital, performed the surgeries as part of the Australia Non-Government Organization Cooperation Program (ANCP) which is managed by Interplast.

Funded by the Australian Government, the program utilises the skills and knowledge of visiting Australian specialists to develop the skills of local surgeons and surgical trainees in both complex and basic operations.

“These visits give local doctors and surgeons the ability to benefit from Australian expertise, while giving Australian specialists an appreciation of the environment in which Vanuatu’s doctors operate.

“They also provide the opportunity to administer treatments and surgeries that wouldn’t otherwise be available in Vanuatu,” said the Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer. READ MORE