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Playground Opened by Dr Dan and little Osmenia

Our playground is now finished and up and running, thanks to Brendan, and with some little extras from our friend Brian. The large equipment was specially made and the site has been caged in to protect from cats and other animals going inside. Having a roof means playtime can happen rain or shine. Today we […]

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A visiting Doctor’s unexpected Bucket List

I have jut completed a 2 1/2week volunteer position at the Bairo Pite clinic joining a steady list of overseas doctors & allied health professionals who have previously volunteered. The clinic also relies heavily on medical students especially from Australia. The medical conditions encountered include those now rarely seen in Australia including TB Leprosy & […]

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A Christmas at Bairo Pite Clinic

Dr Dan often tells people ‘Moras la feriada’ (Sickness does not take holidays). At our clinic we continue, night and day to provide health care for our patients. Christmas morning ward round commenced at 8am, with Dr Dan and medical students from University of Queensland and University of Western Australia, together with local Nurses Cico […]

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A dentists volunteering experience treating hundreds of sore mouths

Upon arriving in Dili I was informed that I was one of only five dentists currently in Timor Leste and the first to be providing free treatment in over 9 months! With a population of over one million I have been kept very busy in my short stay. I worked out of a small surgery […]

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Staff of the week – Daniel – Volunteer Translator

Daniel is 19 years old and is a part time Volunteer translator, who also helps to comfort children when they are in distress. Daniel was also the model for the ‘Hau vizita Doutor’ children’s book on what happens when you visit the Doctor, alongside our Nurse Ricardina. A project to produce children’s books by Timor […]

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Welcome from the Chairman – Ross Taylor

For those I have not met, my name is Ross Taylor and I have been Chairman now for over 4 years and have had the wonderful opportunity to work closely with Dr Dan and the team up in Dili as well as the Board and broader support and fundraising team here in Australia. Over these […]

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Fundraising Update – November 2014

What an amazing month we have had here in the Bairo Pite Clinic fundraising headquarters. Things have been very busy with many wonderful people supporting the clinic in many wonderful ways. Peter’s Luncheon A regular annual luncheon run by Peter MacCormack OAM has just raised $4,000 to sponsor the operation of our mobile clinics. Peter […]

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‘Together for Bairo Pite’ – the MELBOURNE team

  The ‘Together for Bairo Pite ’ team was formed in Melbourne this year, made up of Timorese and non-Timorese members. All with a deep connection to East Timor, either as their homeland, cultural heritage or with family members still living Timor today. What really inspired the group to get together was the empathy we […]

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BPC and HIV on World AIDS Day

On the occasion of World AIDS Day, 1st December 2014, we pause to reflect; What has HIV got to do with me?  In most peoples mind the HIV epidemic is some thing to do with Africa, or to developing countries, but it is important for us all to remember that HIV is also within the […]

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Staff Profile – Vidal – General yardman

  What does your job involve? Every day Vidal keeps the yard clean by sweeping twice a day. He scrubs the gutters, checks the roofs to make sure no accumulation of leaves. Cleans solar panels once a month. He also shadows and assists any technical tradespeople who volunteer to help. For example he learned how to […]

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Staff Profile – Inacio dos Santos – pharmacy

What does your job involve? My job consists of providing medication for around 300 out patients as well as preparing essential medicines for the in patient service. I am also responsible for monitoring our stocks of medicines and also preparing reports for our Board and for the Ministry of Health. I have to attend at […]

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Volunteer Aussie Doctor’s wonderful Timor experience

My decision to go to Timor Leste came during August 2014 after I viewed a Foreign Correspondent program titled “The Clinic”. In fact, I watched it twice more such was my incomprehension that people could be suffering so much in out country’s immediate neighbourhood. Within a day or two my wife and I had made […]

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Project Update November 2014

This is the first in a regular post about the projects we are currently engaged in to improve the healthcare at Bairo Pite Clinic. We thank all the wonderful donors who have helped to make these happen including a new playground on its way, and we are one step closer to getting adequate drainage. Playground […]

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A day in the life of our Mobile Clinic

By Lorenco – BPC Mobile Clinic Coordinator Eight o’clock AM, the mobile clinic team arrives at the Bairo Pite Clinic. The team consists of a driver, nurse and occasionally a foreign volunteer doctor or medical student, Mobile Clinic Coordinator, and a health worker who gives prescription medicine to patients. We load the four wheel drive […]

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Rofina – Staff Profile

Full Name: Rofina Position at BPC TB Coordinator What does your job involve? I look after TB out patients I have a team of 4 Healthcare Workers who go out into the community and visit TB patients on the continuing therapy. Plus I have one assistant who helps me to keep on top of paperwork. […]

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Australian CEOs And Doctors Fighting To Keep BPC And Its Patients Alive

Imagine a free health clinic that sees more than 200 out-patients a day, 50 in-patients a day, is operated by only 3 doctors, 6 midwives and runs on a daily budget of just $2300. Welcome to the Bairo Pite Clinic in East Timor. Established in 1999 in the middle of the post-independence uprising, Dr Dan […]

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Report on TB healthcare worker training July 2014

By Dr Charlotte Hall with thanks to the many TB health care workers and volunteers. Four TB healthcare workers (HCWs) have been appointed to assist in the implementation of the EFF/PP1 funded TB contact screening and treatment support programmes. Broadly, the role of the new HCWs is to provide education to patients diagnosed with TB […]

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Glass in kids feet makes the same noise all over the world

By Fi Oakes Clinic Manager So it was a fairly normal, i.e. hectic afternoon, and getting close to home time. I was headed to my car, when I heard the most scary howling noises coming from our treatment room. I rushed into the room to see what was amiss. There was our First Aid staff, […]

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The Clinic – Foreign Correspondent

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Champion Dr Charlotte’s year at BPC is up

A message from Fi – Bairo Pite Clinic manager….. Yesterday A day of bitter sweet feelings. So many people made Charlotte cry, I had to start issuing verbal warnings, according to our disciplinary procedures to all staff! We started with a normal and very hectic day, our patient load seems to be growing. But Charlotte […]

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