THE strong connection between the people of East Timor and the families of the five newsman killed up at Balibo in 1975 is set to continue soon
when Dr Greg Stewart spends a stint working at the much acclaimed Dr Dan's medical clinic in Dili.
Dr Greg, who works as a GP in the Victorian country town of Daylesford and is the brother of slain newsman Tony Stewart, has previously worked
at the clinic.
He first went to East Timor when the Victorian Government purchased the Flag House in Balibo and it was refurbished as a community service house and it was presented over to the local community in October 2003.
Located in Dili, Dr Dan's Bairo Pite Clinic sees an average of 300 patients per day and is one of the most highly visited health clinics in the country.
Services provided by Bairo Pite Clinic presently include maternity and infant care, vaccinations, tuberculosis (TB), malaria and dengue fever treatment, HIV diagnosis and treatment, in-patient and dental services, health outreach, and training for local health care workers. The clinic also operates a medical laboratory, pharmacy, kitchen and laundry.
Bairo Pite Clinic was previously a military clinic used by the Indonesian government and abandoned when Indonesian forces withdrew from Timor-Leste. The clinic was founded in 1999 by Timor Aid and Dr Dan Murphy and in partnership with AFAP to serve the immediate needs of a population affected by the violence of the Indonesian withdrawal. Bairo Pite Clinic became an independent NGO health clinic in 2001 that provides free health care services to those in need.
To donate funds to Dr Dan's contact Australians For People's Of Asia and the Pacific at:
Free Call: 1800 007 308
Phone: 02 9906 3792
Write: PO Box 12,
Crows Nest, NSW 1585
Visit: 536 Pacific Highway
St.Leonards, NSW 2065