From PMH to the Kimberley

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, six Foundation Fellowships were funded in 2016 to allow WA medical professionals to focus on specialised areas of research interest for up to two years at a time.

Senior Registrar Daniel Yeoh was the recipient of one of these Fellowships. His area of interest is working with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, particularly Aboriginal and refugee families in remote areas.

As part of his Fellowship Dr Yeoh spent time training and working in infectious diseases and general paediatrics both at Princess Margaret Hospital and in the Kimberley.

Dr Yeoh says the remoteness of communities in the Kimberley can create challenges for health care providers. Through his work he hopes to help strengthen links between the hospital and health care in the region in order to improve health outcomes for local children.

Initially working with children admitted to Broome Hospital, Dr Yeoh’s research focus is on skin health, including skin and soft tissue infections and associated conditions such as post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease.

“The aim is to establish how common skin diseases are in the Kimberley and to draw attention to how well health professionals recognise skin disease. Skin diseases and infections like scabies and school sores can have serious complications including heart disease and kidney disease, so it’s important to understand how well we recognise them and quantify how common they are,” he explains.

“I am extremely grateful to the Foundation and their donors for establishing the Fellowship program.  It has provided me the opportunity to explore an important area of research that I may not have been able to if it weren’t for the program.  I will take what I have learnt forward with me for the rest of my career to help what I hope will be thousands of children and their families.”

 

Dr Yeoh is featured as one of our unsung heroes for our Dare to be a Hero fundraising campaign. Watch his video below.

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