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Note from the field

My housemate and I have taken leadership of the strategic initiative to “open additional pathways of care for those with mental and emotional health needs.” The gap in care for people with mental health needs is huge—a recent study in this country showed up to 95% of those needing care do not get it. Among…

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I could never do it alone

This contribution comes from a friend who prefers to remain anonymous. I have visited and lived in many places around the world, some safe and others not so safe.  It’s fair to say that this war-torn country is not a tourist destination, and when you mention that you live here in conversation, no matter what…

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Listening with respect

I see myself more as a Jack-of-all-trades than a specialist. I spent more of my working life raising children than in my profession. In my new country, I work in ‘support.’ I do not run any projects myself. ‘Support’ for me may mean collating clinical data, making cushions, dolls and straps for disability work, applying…

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Software and Social Work

OSCaR is one of those things that’s hard to write about. It’s a social work case management and database software package. It doesn’t tug at your heartstrings like rehabilitating drug users, or rescuing people from trafficking, or reuniting children with their families. It’s certainly not what I had in mind when our family left Australia…

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A different way of doing medicine

I was only fourteen when I decided I wanted to work overseas as a doctor showing Jesus’ love. I assumed I would be going to Africa. But I was surprised to learn that female medical personnel were most needed in Muslim countries, where women must see a female professional and sometimes died when there were…

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