African adventure

WHEN Dr Daniel Claughton first started medical school, he didn’t even know what a kidney was.

But things have definitely changed for the 28-year-old GP registrar who in 2008 spent a six months delivering babies, performing caesareans, undertaking minor surgical procedures, administering anaesthetics and treating patients with resistant strains of tuberculosis and AIDS.

He even performed a number of autopsies.


This wealth of experience was largely gained from a six-month stint in the South African town of Ingwavuma.

While many of his peers were settling into urban specialties, Dr Claughton left his position as a medical officer at Perth’s Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and packed his bags for the remote township.

“I didn’t want to do what everyone else has done,” he says.