In the last quarter of 2016 an outreach clinic was held in Denpasar, Surabaya and Manado over a 12 day period from 25 September to 8 October 2016. The team was led by Dr Walter Flapper, consultant craniofacial surgeon at WCH, Nurse Cathy Cross and Dr Ben Grave, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon, attending his first overseas clinical visit for the Foundation.
A total of 109 patients were seen at the outreach clinics, with 3 patients requiring complex surgery, to be performed in Adelaide later in the year.
The team provided our Indonesian medical colleagues many teaching opportunities through lectures and demonstrations at the various hospitals in each of the centres. Manado provided the team with the opportunity to showcase ‘hands on’ teaching to the surgical staff by demonstrating techniques on a number of small craniofacial and trauma cases within the Plastic Surgery Department.
The Overseas clinics continue to have a positive outcome with the number of patients seen at the outreach clinics and the education exchange for both the medical and nursing staff. Together with the medical support of the ACFU Team, they are able to continue to improve the quality of service delivered to craniofacial patients in Indonesia.