The season of goodwill
THIS year, Christmas festivities will be a bit different for Dr Philippa Boulle.
For the first time in nearly three years the 34-year-old GP will be back home in Melbourne, celebrating with her family and enjoying a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings.
The first of Dr Boulle’s overseas Christmases was in 2009, when she was stationed first in Sri Lanka, working in a field hospital in a refugee camp servicing more than 200,000 internally displaced people. Last year found her in Sudan, working at an emergency nutrition project, both times with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).
“[MSF] is the epitome, the best way I’ve found as a doctor to help people in underdeveloped countries,” she says.
Dr Boulle looks back fondly on her Christmas in northern Sri Lanka, in an area called Vavuniya.
“I loved it. There were cows wandering around in the street while kids played cricket.