Pacific Roving Ophthalmologist

Closing Date: 14 February 2023

Category: Healthcare & Medical

Change your scene and become a VSA Volunteer and share your experience, knowledge, and skills to transform the lives of many. Work with our partner organisation to create a fair future for all. 

VSA will organise and fund, flights, visas, insurance, accommodation, living allowance and utilities while on assignment. 
  
About volunteering with VSA

VSA is New Zealand's largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development. We provide skilled Kiwi volunteers to support organisations in the Pacific and beyond through capacity building, both in country and virtually. 
  
Please note VSA Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.

Our Partner Organisation

Fred Hollows Foundation’s mission is to end avoidable blindness in Solomon Islands. The organisation operates out of the Regional Eye Centre (REC) that was opened in 2015 in Honiara. The REC, with support from Fed Hollows Foundation, provides free eye health care to Solomon Islands and is a training facility for eye care practitioners from across the region. The goals of the REC are to achieve progress towards eliminating avoidable blindness, reduce vision impairment, tackle diabetic retinopathy, and strengthen health systems in Solomon Islands.

The REC contains rooms for eye clinics, eye surgery, diabetic retinopathy treatments, minor procedures, sterilisation, stores and training rooms.

Solomon Islands

Explore islands with natural white sandy beaches, a rich culture, and history. Spend time on the water with endless opportunities to experience the incredibly diverse marine wildlife. 

The Assignment

In this assignment is to support Fred Hollows Foundation SI and REC to reduce surgical backlog and waiting times for patients, and to mentor and coach graduates.

The VSA volunteer Pacific Roving Ophthalmologist SI will support, mentor and work alongside local staff, particularly recent graduates, to support patient care and strengthening of systems at the REC.

The Volunteer

Are you someone who wants to make a difference, have a sense of adventure and like the challenge of being outside your comfort zone?  VSA Volunteers are technical experts who impart their skills and knowledge to the local community.  You will need to be flexible, adaptable, resourceful, resilient with a passion for Aotearoa and the wider Pacific community.

We're looking for a volunteer with the following:
  • Qualified Ophthalmologist competent in manual small incision cataract surgery technique (MSICS) 
Desirable:
  • Experience in providing laser treatment for DR
  • Experience in mentoring graduate ophthalmologists
  • Other subspecialty skill sets such as oculoplasty and retinopathy
Apply Now!

Apply for this amazing opportunity through our website. For more information on this assignment, email volunteer@vsa.org.nz.

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We are looking for a volunteer with:

  • Full time volunteering opportunity in Solomon Islands
  • Flights, accommodation and other expenses covered by VSA
  • Improve eye health outcomes for the people of the Solomon Islands

VSA covers flights, accommodation, insurance and some expenses. A living allowance is also provided.