Annette Pocock, from Canberra, is volunteering as a nurse educator at St Mary’s School of Nursing in Vunapope, PNG.
In regard to teaching, I wrote a little about that in my last update, so won’t say much other than I think I have a slightly better grasp of things for the second year around, but strangely enough I feel as busy as ever, if not moreso. This year Joanne did manage to head off to Port Moresby to undertake Post Graduate Studies in Acute Nursing. We also have three new staff members, all ex-students, two recruited from the hospital. So that takes a little of the pressure off other educators.
There are 3 congregations of sisters at Vunapope. The sisters are pretty good to me and invite me to celebratory lunches and dinners up at the convents. Two sisters returned to Australia this year, Sister Bernadette who turned 92 last year and also celebrated 70 yrs of religious profession and Sister Shirley, who returned to Melbourne. Several more returned to Germany. So there were plenty of farewells and celebrations.
I might just mention also how Papua New Guineans not only love their sport, but are good at it. They know Canberra for the Canberra Raiders as much as anything. The ‘Gurias’ are the East New Britain Rugby team and they won the national competition last year and the Pacific region competition, so there was much excitement and celebrating going on around here.
And lastly, I have recently discovered that I live in what was the morgue of the old hospital, but despite a widespread customary belief in the spirit world I have not had any ghostly experiences.
So there we go, until next time!
P.S. The rain here is just glorious and not having to consider water restrictions is a real luxury. It is also nice to see the occasional bloke, wandering around under a pink umbrella! Not something you see at home.