Our Volunteers: Michele Keating volunteering in Timor-Leste

Clinica Na’I Feto Virgem Maria & Comunidade Edmund Rice/Terrace Timor Network

The Clinica Na’l Feto Virgem Maria (Blessed Virgin Mary Clinic) is located in Railaco in Timor-Leste’s Ermera district. The district is faced with high infant and maternal mortality rates, and a high percentage of people living in poverty. The Clinic has requested a Clinic Administrator/ Clinician to work with local staff to provide sustainable health care and health education in the district.

The Terrace Timor Network is an Australian partner working with Comunidade Edmund Rice. They have requested a Primary Health Care Practitioner and Educator to work in Comunidade Edmund Rice’s health centre in Railaco. The Primary Health Care Practitioner and Educator will work together with local staff to establish operation procedures and protocols, and to provide health education in primary health matters.

Michele Keating

Michele KeatingPalms Australia recruited Michele Keating, from Queensland to fill these positions. With over 30 years of experience as a registered nurse, Michele is well equipped for the task. She will divide her time between the two part-time positions. In both positions she will work in the clinics, as well as travelling to villages in the districts to provide health care and health education to those in remote areas.

Michele has been described as a “reliable, hardworking and dependable” person who “always strives to give 100% in all projects that she undertakes.” Michele is giving two years of her time and expertise, but we need your support to cover costs such as flights and insurance, so that the local staff of these two clinics can further develop their capacity to improve health and well-being outcomes for the people of Ermera district. Please click “donate” above.

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Population: 1,292,755

Area: 15,007 sq. km.

Median Age: 21.5

Literacy: 58.6 %

Languages: Tetum, Portuguese, Indonesian, about 16 indigenous languages

A brief history of independence. mid 1500s – Timor colonised by Portugal 1859 – Portugal cedes West Timor to the Dutch 1942-1945 – Japan occupies East Timor 28 November 1975 – East Timor declared independent from Portugal 7 December 1975 – invaded and occupied by Indonesia. It is estimated that 100,000 to 250,000 were killed […]

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