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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 3rd 2008
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 4, 2008 13 NEWS Eyes on the future Eye surgeon Simon Chen gets to know the locals in PNG. A LOCAL eye surgeon has returned from Papua New Guinea where he performed sight-saving surgery on patients in need. Dr Simon Chen, who works at the Vision Eye Institute in Drummoyne, travelled to Port Moresby as part of a volunteer initiat- ive developed by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons to deliver medical care to places in need. The program, funded by AusAid, allows surgeons to visit developing countries and provide treatments which would not other- wise be available. Dr Chen treated forty patients -- many of them flying to the capital from remote rural areas to receive his care -- with a variety of conditions including cataracts, retinal de- tachments and diabetes-related eye disease. Dr Chen described his visit as a ''hum- bling experience'' and said he was lucky to be able to provide high-level health care in developing countries. ''In Australia we have access to quality eye screening and eye care programs,'' he said. ''Luckily we can provide these to some people who are less fortunate yet similarly in need.'' Dr Chen said while treating the patients was a benefit of the trip, developing the clinical skills and surgical techniques of local doctors was the priority. ''This will hopefully lead to a sustainable long-term improvement in the treatment of local patients with eye disease, resulting in an overall reduction in blindness,'' he said. Dr Chen hopes to return to Papua New Guinea soon to visit other remote areas of the country.
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