Anaesthetists at the Fiona Stanley, Fremantle Hospitals Group have raised more than $8,000 for young anaesthesiologists from Latin America to undertake the WFSA Fortaleza Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship as part of the Alistair Davies Memorial Fund.
The Alistair Davies Memorial Fund was set up in honour of Dr Alistair Davies. Born in the UK in 1974, Alistair relocated to Western Australia in 1999 as a junior doctor. He completed his anaesthetic training and became a consultant anaesthetist at Fremantle Hospital in 2007. After the opening of the new Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) in 2015 he worked across both of these public hospitals. He sadly died on September 28th 2016, aged just 42.
The money raised by friends and colleagues of Dr Davies, as part of the WFSA’s Fund A Fellow initiative, will have a huge impact on the life and career of the young Fellows. The two month fellowship aims to develop young anaesthetists from low and middle income Latin American countries who are interested in regional anaesthesia. Fellows will spend their time at the Regional Anaesthesia Training Centre where they will have the opportunity to study and get involved in several aspects of regional anaesthesia such as the use of ultrasound guided spinal injections, neuro-stimulator techniques, and the anatomical study of regional anaesthesia.
Drs Ronald Guerra (Bolivia) and Katya Molina (El Salvador) were selected as recipients of the Fellowship and began training in August 2017.
Bolivia is the poorest country in South America with an anaesthesia workforce of 720 for the entire country (WFSA, 2017) and El Salvador has one of the lowest anaesthesia workforce capacity in Latin America with an anaesthesia density of 2.7 per 100,000 population.
Dr Katya Molina is based at Rosales National Hospital, San Salvador, one of the largest in the country. As one of only 4 anaesthesia residents working in the facility, she splits her time between the operating theatre and pain clinic.
‘In our country the health situation is slowly declining in terms of workforce and training for anaesthetists,’ Dr Molina explained. ‘Currently the Rosales National Hospital’s pain clinic has only one senior anaesthetist who is working ad honorem, and 3 anaesthetists including myself who work in theatres and oncology. Therefore I consider this a great opportunity to learn and bring back the teaching in order to assist meeting the training need in my hospital.’
‘I am very grateful to be selected for this fellowship and investing in me thank you to the WFSA and all of those who have fundraised to give me this opportunity,’ she added.
Similarly, Dr Guerra expressed his gratitude, saying, ‘Thank you so much to all of those who are making this possible for me.”
The Alistair Davies Memorial Fund: About Alistair Davies
Right from the start of his career, Al proved himself to be a vital member of the departments at both Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals. His biggest passions were regional anaesthesia, enhanced recovery and education, and he constantly strived to improve outcomes through this. The experience of patients was at the centre of all he did and this was evident every day at work.
Outside of work, Alistair was both a gifted sportsman and musician. He was a brilliantly talented guitar-player and songwriter and had a huge love for soccer, being a lifelong supporter of Burnley FC.
Alistair always made himself available for advice and teaching. His enthusiasm for regional anaesthesia was like a shining light and he nurtured an interest for this sub-specialty in many others.
The aim of our fund is to keep Al’s light shining by helping to provide a sustainable method of educating those from a less fortunate background. Through the WFSA Fund A Fellow campaign we are helping anaesthetists in South America to learn more about regional anaesthesia.
Sadly, it perhaps only becomes clear how much a person means to your life after they are gone. Al represented the very heartbeat of the community that is our department. His fun-loving, kind and inclusive nature was at the core of multiple groups of friends.
He will be missed by us forever, however we hope that this memorial fund will provide a lasting and fitting memory. Remember always to put patients at the centre of your care and to treasure and value those close to you!
– Dr Adam Crossley and Dr Alex Swann
If you would like to contribute to the Alistair Davies Memorial Fund please click here.