Avant and Interplast are pleased to announce University of Newcastle medical student, Charlie Jeong, has been awarded the 2018 Avant and Interplast Student Placement Program.
Charlie (pictured) will be travelling to Labasa in Fiji with the Interplast volunteer surgical team in early 2019.
He will observe the team of volunteer plastic surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses working alongside local partners to provide free reconstructive surgery to patients who otherwise could not afford it.
“I’m very excited to experience first-hand Interplast’s work and the impact they make to the lives of the patients,” Charlie says. “There are some things you just can’t learn from a textbook, so seeing an Australian-trained doctor working in a developing country in real life, will help me think about my future medical career.”
Prue Ingram, CEO Interplast Australia & New Zealand, thanked Avant for again supporting this great initiative which introduces the importance of volunteer work to those entering the medical profession.
“The program raises awareness of the issues facing people in developing countries and the work Interplast volunteers do in providing surgery and training. This is only made possible through the wonderful support from partners like Avant," Ms Ingram says.
For more information on Interplast and to find out about the work they do throughout the Asia Pacific region, visit their website.
If you would like the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Charlie and previous recipients, applications will be open in August 2019. Keep an eye out for future communications from us.