GPs making a difference

WHEN GP Dr Merrilee ­Frankish visits her patients, she makes sure to take her satellite phone and marking beacon with her.

Based in Papua New Guinea for a six-month placement with Australian Doctors International, Dr Frankish regularly finds herself battling high seas and inclement weather on board one of the local banana boats during her patrols to outlying villages.

“They are very unpredictable and if you happen to be slightly overloaded, it’s very unsafe,” she says. “You just have to do it. There’s nothing heroic