In November 2018 I participated in a Work the World placement in Pokhara, Nepal. I attended the hospital’s maternity unit and observed the obstetricians and nurses care for Nepali women and their newborn babies as they laboured and then immediately postpartum.
As the weeks went by I was most struck by the resilience, resourcefulness and positivity of the people of Nepal no matter the circumstances.
The differences in healthcare delivery between Nepal and Australia are significant and extensive however, the common goal of providing care and safety to women and their babies is shared. Despite having fewer resources, the doctors and nurses work tirelessly as a team to facilitate each woman’s labour, identify, escalate and manage complications and care for each woman and her baby.
As the weeks went by I was most struck by the resilience, resourcefulness and positivity of the people of Nepal no matter the circumstances. This was particularly inspiring and further highlighted the value in the opportunities we have in Australia and is something I will remember the most from this experience.
My advice for students considering an overseas placement would be to seek every opportunity possible to understand healthcare from a different perspective and to approach these opportunities with humility. It is extremely worthwhile.