Perspective: One girls struggle

In my line of work, it isn’t unusual to see some horrific things. I live in a developing country and I work for a humanitarian organisation. There are many inspiring stories and the work that is being done by dedicated people and their organisations is fantastic, as a result of this there are many inspiring…

Killing in the name of: Religion

In the light of recent events and in the wake of Eid (End of Ramadan) I have started to become curious as to why there is so much fear in our communities, particularly surrounding religion. In India I was invited to friends’ houses to celebrate the end of Ramadan, and I was actually quite surprised…

Kathmandu: One Year On.

April 25th. A day that is synonymous with kinship for all Australian and New Zealanders. Where we join together to commiserate and celebrate the lives of those who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. It is a day of reflection and celebration, from the dawn service at 5am to the…

Have Hands, Will Travel

A few months ago I wrote an article for the Australian Magazine “Hands On”. Since many of you lovely people do not live in Australia I thought it would be a shame not to share it with you. The brief was to chronicle my career in order to inspire students and graduates about pursuing a…

Guni Medicine: Revitalizing Indian Tradition

In 1989 there was a series of fatal misdiagnosis of Diphtheria which resulted in the death of 14 local children in Southern Rajasthan. During this time the local medical facility remained inactive and Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti felt a need to intervene. Jagran accepted the challenge and concentrated its efforts to procure necessary relief for…

Perspective: One Man’s Struggle

I was on my way to the airport yesterday to pick up a Volunteer when I received a call from her telling me she hadn’t even left Mumbai yet. So we decided to turn around and head back to the office. As fate would have it Dr RK Deshwal received a phone call from a…

Kumusta: Manila

    So I have arrived safely back to India. The past two weeks have been extremely hectic but just as rewarding. My colleague Rotana Cheng and I started off in Manila City with no contacts and a vague idea of what we wanted to achieve as representative for Hands on Health Australia. The first…

Killing Time: Manila Airport.

It is currently 4am on the 2nd of January and I have just arrived in Manila, The Philippines. I didn’t think I would make it. It took me 4 hours to get to the Airport from my home in Waihi Beach, when it should only take 1.5-2 hours. There had been a nasty crash on…

Volunteering: The Cons

I have the best job in the world. I have no doubt about that at all. To wake up every morning and know that you are making a difference and know that you are doing exactly what YOU want to do is the best feeling in the world and I wish all my friends could experience…

Nepal: Six Months On

It was April 25th 2015, the centenary of ANZAC day. A day where New Zealand and Australia put aside their sporting rivalry to pay tribute to the soilders that landed in Gallipoli and ultimately, lost their lives. While we were paying our respects to our kinsmen some 8000km away a tragedy in its own right…

Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti: A NGO

This is for those of you who have been wondering what on earth I have been doing these past few months. I have been doing my second stint with an organisation in India, utilising my Myotherapy and Naturopathy skills to help those who are trying to help themselves but don’t have the opportunity or resources…

Chances in China: Part 1

Almost 4 years ago I had the privilege to travel to Beijing, China with a group of health professionals, thanks to Massage Australia. Working in the Guang An Men Hospital, a BUPA funded research hospital, our days were very structured. Everyday we woke at 6am to start at the Hospital by 7am and work until 1pm.  After lunch we would have lectures by…