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In January 2014 I have the opportunity to go to Laos for 3 weeks for my nursing degree. A group of us Griffith Uni nursing students will use our nursing skills and experience in the villages of the Seuang River, Laos. More ...
In January 2014, I have the opportunity to travel for 3 weeks with a group of Griffith University students use my current nursing skills and experience in the Seuang River region in Laos.

During this placement I will be accompanied by some of my fellow students, university staff and Lao translators. We will be travelling between some of the local villages within the Seuang River Valley region, setting up health care clinics for the local community.

Some of the duties that the team and I will have to do include:

- check ups
- supporting rural community clinics
- basic care
- paediatric and maternity nursing care and education
- sexual health education
- hygiene promotion and education

To get the best understanding and best outcome for the patients the Lao translators and the university staff will assist us students in this. By doing this it will make us be better nurses for the future as well as understanding the differences between the Lao healthcare system and the Australian health care system.

With gaining access to the health care system, only wealthy Lao people have the money for visits to the nearest facility. By having us university students help with this access for the local people, it makes a big difference! That is why you should help!

During this opportunity in Laos, I hope to:
- become a better nurse
- help make a difference in the world especially for 3rd world countries
- gain a greater understanding of the culture in Laos
- make awareness of what can be done and change the future of the health care in Lao
- push the boundaries, be put out of my comfort zone and test my abilities as a nurse.

This placement will cost me $5,500 – so I need your help!

The money will help with:
-supplies including medicine
- accommodation within villages
- transport
- flights
- the community project
-supervision and translators

Contact me if you have any further enquiries. Please help make a difference and donate :)

Thank you all for your help and generosity!

Leana Boon
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