AusAID officer Colin Wilshire is one of many Australian development specialists working to improve health and education in PNG's Central Province.1
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Dedicated AusAID officer Colin Wiltshire is one of many Australian development specialists making a difference in his own special way, working with his PNG counterparts to improve health and education in the country's Central Province.
Retired Australian paramedic Steve Williams decided to make use of his skills as a volunteer providing medical training for fire fighters in Samoa.
Combining passions for teaching and international development, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic Michael Moller is shares his trade in Samoa
Aussie volunteer Anita Dunn shares expertise working with veteran Samoan nurse Simealai Tavana to provide a much needed Nurse-on-Wheels service4
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Australian nurse Anita Dunn is a Youth Ambassador sharing her time and expertise working alongside veteran Samoan nurse Simealai Tavana to provide a much needed Nurse-on- Wheels service to the community. The house-to-house service is the brainchild of Simealai who saw a need for at home care for elderly patients. The Australian Government is helping by providing a nurse through the Australian Volunteer for International Development program. Anita provides medical assistance to the country's most needy as well as taking in a healthy dose of Samoan culture.
Australian aid specialist Edwina Betts works with the locals in Bougainville to rebuild health and education systems torn apart by 30 years of fighting.5
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Floating across a swollen river in a four wheel drive is just another day at work for Australian aid specialist Edwina Betts as she works with her local counterparts in Bougainville to rebuild health and education systems torn apart by 30 years of fighting.
With the island's new capital of Buka separated from the mainland, Edwina's journey starts and ends by boat with plenty of water in between. The road to Arawa, the old capital destroyed during the conflict, is almost devoid of bridges so swollen river crossings by four wheel drive being just one of the hazards facing aid delivery in this troubled region.
Aussie vet Dr Francette Dusan works with the World Health Organisation in Asia to battle animal to human disease transmission.6
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Outbreaks of avian flu and anthrax in Asia have increased the scrutiny on disease transmission between animals and humans and Australian vet Dr Francette Dusan is at the forefront of the battle. Working with the World Health Organisation in Laos, her field of expertise is zoonosis, the transfer of disease between animals and humans. Hygiene standards are paramount for avoiding outbreaks and Dr Dusan's work takes her to a wide range of sites ranging from large piggeries to backyard poultry slaughter points advising producers on necessary standards.
Life's greatest necessity, clean drinking water, is a scarce commodity in Laos during dry seasons. Aussie engineer Sunny Forsyth helps find a solution7
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Life's greatest necessity, clean drinking water, can be a very scarce commodity in Laos during the dry season, but Australian engineer Sunny Forsyth has come up with the simplest of filters which may provide a permanent solution.
It was while working as a volunteer in the area of people trafficking that Sunny became aware of the problems faced by rural villagers accessing clean drinking water. He adapted a technique he had seen during his university days to develop a clay pot filtering techniques to remove bacteria. Through his organisation Abundant Water, Sunny is teaching locals such as a Laotian grandmother master potter to manufacture the simply technology.
No longer advising the wealthy in Australia, Mark Daniels helps in the Manila slums by organising small loans so families can run their own businesses8
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Instead of advising millionaires in Australia, former high flyer Mark Daniels is now working in the slums of Manila organising small loans for families so they can run their own businesses. Working for Opportunity International, an organisation which provides microfinance loans, he helps people like local Anna who operates a sari sari store -- the equivalent of a corner store. Like many others who live in Payatas, she had been a scavenger on a dumpsite from the age of six until she was 20, when a A$150 loan turned her life around. Now she can afford to send her five children to school.
Street kids as young as seven survive on their street smarts in frantic Manila. Aussie Natalie McCauley helps these children at risk.9
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Reaching out to street kids in the Philippines takes Australia's Natalie McCauley from caring orphanages into the frantic traffic of Manila where children as young as seven survive on their street smarts. The Child Protection Chief with UNICEF has devised a series of very innovative programs to counter problems, including footpath education classes and drop in centres for children at risk.
Aussie disaster specialist Anita Dwyer helps Indonesia put measures in place in this disaster prone region so that lives and homes can be saved10
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While powerless to prevent natural disasters we can be better prepared and AusAID's Anita Dwyer is a disaster specialist working with local experts in Indonesia to ensure the damage caused by future earthquakes and tsunamis is kept to a minimum. While the rebuilding continues in Padang, the site of a devastating earthquake in 2009, Anita and her team put measures in place in this disaster prone region so that lives and homes can be saved.
Coffey International's Alan Atwell is a familiar figure on construction sites in Padang where new health centres are being built.11
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Ensuring new buildings in Padang are strong enough to withstand future earthquakes is a priority for Alan Atwell, who heads the Jakarta office of one of the biggest contracting firms delivering Australian aid, Coffey International. He is a familiar figure on construction sites where new puskesmas (health centres) are being built, consulting closely with the medical staff who will be using the improved facilities.
Aussie sports fanatic Jane Livesey has her dream job, combining cricket with a passion for international development in Indonesia, a country she loves12
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Australian sports fanatic Jane Livesey has a dream job, combining cricketing skills with a passion for international development in a country she loves, Indonesia. She has been coaching junior players in a country not known for its cricketing prowess. In a rare sight, girls from an Islamic school take bats in hand to learn the game played principally by Commonwealth countries while also receiving important health messages.
Teaching Cambodian farmers and their kids the difference between good and bad bugs is extremely rewarding for Aussie scientist Professor Bob Martin13
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Teaching Cambodian farmers and their children the difference between good bugs and bad bugs is one of the most rewarding things Professor Bob Martin has ever done and the Australian scientist has had a lot of fun along the way producing a kids' book to help get the message across. His illustrated story of Jorani and the Green Vegetable Bugs is proving a hit with primary school children and has become part of a much bigger education program introducing new environmentally friendly agricultural practices.
Unable to do physical work like planting rice because she has HIV, mother of three Kong Somaly is now selling vegetables at the markets.14
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Unable to do physical work like planting rice because she has HIV, mother of three Kong Somaly is now selling vegetables at the markets in Sisophon thanks to a small loan and the support of a Cambodian organisation called SEADO, and she is doing well under the guidance of Australian volunteer Aaron Watson.
KOTO restaurants in Vietnam are popular for great food and for helping street kids to gain valuable skills and change the direction of their lives15
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The KOTO restaurants in Vietnam are becoming well known not only for great food, but for the opportunity they are providing street kids to gain valuable skills and change the direction of their lives and being a part of this has also given Australian volunteer Cameron Hancock a new perspective on his future. As the Welfare Manager at KOTO, Cameron is working on the front line of street kids and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. The founder of KOTO Jimmy Pham is a real inspiration, not only to his students, but to volunteers like Cameron.