Annual humanitarian and medical aid trip to Fiji
Every year since 2012, Dr Nicklin has undertaken an annual humanitarian and medical aid trip to Fiji. Condemned, but usable surgical instruments, surgical retractors and medical equipment (eg. anaesthetic endotracheal tubes, gloves, suture material etc) are collected from various Brisbane hospitals and new equipment purchased and given to hospitals in Fiji. Over $40,000 worth of equipment has been donated over the years, and we are most grateful to a group of enthusiastic donors and the following Brisbane hospitals – Wesley Hospital, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and the Mater Hospital. The trip is divided between Lautoka Hospital in the west of the main island Viti Levu, and the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in the capital, Suva.
Difficult surgical cases are saved up, to be operated on by Dr Nicklin, in conjunction with the local gynaecologists. A fundamental basis of the trip, is training and up-skilling of the local doctors. A formal registrar teaching session is conducted in Suva. There is ongoing close association between Dr Nicklin and the Fijian gynaecologists to discuss the optimization of management of difficult local cases.