Midwife flies to rescue

The AUSMAT team at work in the Philippines.
The AUSMAT team at work in the Philippines.

Ms Coyne, who works at York Hospital, said she was honoured to be able to play a role in helping people through the disaster.

‘Pregnancy is usually a time of great happiness for women, but typhoon Haiyan has placed many pregnant women at physical, emotional and psychological risk,’ she said.

‘Their homes have been destroyed, they may have lost family members and friends ” they are very vulnerable.’

Ms Coyne said her role would be to support and provide the best possible care to the women.

She will be in the second AUSMAT team deployed to the Philippines since the typhoon struck on November 8, killing thousands.

The team will be stationed at Tacloban Airport, one of the hardest-hit areas.

‘I’ve worked in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, South Africa and the Solomon Islands. I understand the challenges of working in isolated areas,’ she said.

In addition to travelling to the Philippines as part of the AUSMAT team, Anne will go to PNG in July 2014, as part of a volunteer team running antenatal clinics. She is raising funds for her visit and to pay for the equipment the volunteers will require.

WACHS regional director Wheatbelt, Caroline Langston, said she was proud a member of the region’s midwifery team would support the important initiative.