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SHY 70: A medical and nutrition volunteer project in Fiji
04, Jul, 2018
If you’ve been following me for a while on social media, you may have noticed that I take off to Fiji 4 times a year to work on a nutrition project. You see, when I’m not sorting out women with adrenal fatigue and pyrrole disorder in my clinic and through my online program, I moonlight at the Fiji Nutrition Coordinator for Involvement Volunteers International (also known as IVI).
IVI are a charity organisation based on the Gold Coast, sending volunteers to communities all round the world, including the Pacific Islands, Bali, Philippines, Greece, India and Nepal.
In this episode, follow me to Fiji where we conduct over 800 health checks on local resort workers, villages, and communities in need.
Fiji has just been named the top country in the world for Type 2 diabetes, an honour that no one ever wants to receive. So there's lots of work to do to help these people become healthier!
Along with Involvement Volunteers International (IVI), I've been heading up a team of nutritionists, naturopaths, dieticians, nurses and other allied health professionals, to do health checks and education for as many people as possible.
In this episode, you will hear:
- What it's like to be a volunteer
- What it's like to live in the REAL Fiji (as opposed to the resorts)
- What the locals eat - both traditional Fijian food (yum!) and also the junk that's available
- What we are doing to help
- How we are hoping to have an impact
- And how you can help!
How to get involved:
If you’re a nurse, a nutritionist, dietician, doctor, naturopath, midwife, physio, OT, chiropracter, osteopath, or any other allied health practitioner, then get in touch. We also take students, as long as they have their basic first aid. So it’s an amazing opportunity to gain experience in the field before you even graduate. Head to volunteering.org.au or just drop me a line at [email protected] and I’ll point you in the right direction to get started.
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