NEW INVENTOR: Rob Phillips poses with his invention after its installation at the Grafton Base Hospital.
NEW INVENTOR: Rob Phillips poses with his invention after its installation at the Grafton Base Hospital.

A healthy outcome from Kokoda trek

By EMMA CORNFORD

ecornford@dailyexaminer.com.au

THEY hiked almost 100kilometres through the Papua New Guinean jungle last year ? and now the group of emergency personnel who walked the Kokoda Track are seeing the fruits of their labour.

The $19,000 raised by the group was put towards buying a cardiac monitoring system for the Grafton Base Hospital (GBH).

The device, received by the hospital on Thursday, was invented by the Grafton-born, Coffs Harbour-based medical researcher, Rob Phillips.

It improves the measurement of blood circulating through a patient's heart.

The other $6000 needed to purchase the machine was met through community donations.

Grafton ambulance station officer Mick Carter, who took part in the gruelling trek, said it was good to see his efforts helping the community.

"For the community it's a really positive thing, and my family live in the Clarence Valley so my efforts could benefit my family as well as everyone else in the Valley," he said.

"The whole idea behind the fundraiser was that the hospital needed a certain piece of equipment so we did it to raise funds for that."

Mr Carter said the machine would be a helpful diagnostic tool for cardiac patients in the Valley.

"It will mean their treatment can be instigated earlier and then they can be transferred to the most appropriate centre for more treatment."

GBH executive officer John Wickham said the machine was a great acquisition.

"Its versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of clinical cardiac monitoring and it can be used for adults, paediatrics and neonates," he said.

"The use of this device will enhance current services offered by Grafton Base Hospital."



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