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Improving women’s health in Mongolia

Postcards from... 1 Jul 2019
Dr Elizabeth Farrell presenting at Gala Dinner 400 300

From rural and remote towns to big city locations, the Jean Hailes team attends and participates in events all around Australia. Read about our latest adventures.

Jean Hailes medical director and gynaecologist, Dr Elizabeth Farrell AM, has just returned for the ninth time from her annual trip to Mongolia.

Through Dr Farrell's membership with the Mongolian Australian Medical Affiliation (MAMA), she has been inspired to make the trip each year to help improve the health and care of women in Mongolia. The trip gives Dr Farrell the opportunity to share her knowledge and skills with Mongolian health professionals, empowering them to better the health of women.

This year took Dr Farrell to the Urgoo Maternity Hospital, Mongolia's first maternity hospital, where MAMA clinicians operated, taught and consulted. The group then visited a provincial city to give consultations with members of the community.

(Below: Dr Elizabeth Farrell with her cartoon illustration created by a local Mongolian artist.)

Dr Elizabeth Farrell with her cartoon 400 533

Dr Farrell then attended the annual Urgoo Hospital Conference and presented twice with a further five lectures to residents and doctors. The trip finished in Mongolia's third-largest city, Erdenet, where the MAMA team operated on a patient, consulted and taught in the neonatal nursery and obstetrics wards and fixed medical equipment.

The positive outcomes of the trip saw Dr Farrell meet with the Mongolian City Department of Health, the president of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and other key stakeholders with the aim of developing a consortium to create a standard curriculum for medical teaching.

Jean Hailes for Women's Health is extremely proud of Dr Farrell's success in, and dedication to, delivering first-class health expertise to improve women's health on a global scale.

Clinic consulting room at Erdenet Hospital