JMP student supports Vietnam

Jessica SaundersUniversity of Newcastle Joint Medical Program student Jessica Saunders has used a grant to provide much needed medical resources for the neonatal and emergency departments at the National Paediatric Hospital in Cambodia and Vietnam.

Jessica was one of five recipients across Australia to receive the grant that provides financial assistance to those completing their elective in a developing country.

She chose to do her medical elective abroad as she believed it would give her the opportunity to explore different health systems and provide her with a unique experience.

"Overall, the experience exposed me to the global burden of disease, with particular emphasis on childhood mortality," she said.

More specifically, Jessica used the grant to purchase laryngoscopes, oxygen manometers and much needed pulse oxymeters for newborn oxygen monitoring.

While she recognises that this is a small step, Jessica hopes that this equipment will help improve the care of those who decide to seek it and potentially reduce childhood mortality in the South East Asia region.

Read more about Jessica's inspiring story.