Doctors Assisting in the Solomon Islands (DAISI®) consists of a mixture of medical students and doctors who have spent time volunteering their services in the Solomon Islands predominantly at Honiara, Munda, Gizo & Auki hospital. Most member doctors include GPs and specialists in the fields of emergency medicine, general medicine, surgery and anaesthesiology.
DAISI® has a reputation for collaborating with existing doctors in the Solomon Islands, and encouraging overseas doctors mostly from Australia and New Zealand to volunteer their services during and after their medical training. The main emphasis is on encouraging and teaching doctors of the Solomon Islands. The position of office bearer including Chairman, Vice-Chairman , Treasurer and Secretary, are elected by DAISI® members every 2 years, with next elections due on 15th February 2018.

Current Office Bearers

Dr. Tim Nicholson – Chairman

 Email Dr. Tim Nicholson      0409 927 547
Dr Tim Nicholson’s initial visit to Gizo was for 2 weeks in June / July 2014 with a second visit in July 2015. He set up endoscopic urology at Gizo and performed the first TURP on 1st July 2014. On both occasions he was accompanied by anaethetist Dr Tsung Chai and 2 nursing staff from Orange. His daughter Jacqui, a surgical SRMO, also came on the second visit. His philosophy is to teach and train basic urology to local nursing and medical staff, and encourage outreach visits from the Honiara urologist.

Dr. Gareth Iremonger – Vice Chairman

Email Gareth Iremonger 021 318 534
Gareth is a final year Trainee Intern at Auckland University. Gareth spent several months in Gizo on his medical elective mainly working in the Emergency Department from November 2015 until January 2016. Gareth is a qualified Aerospace Physiologist, Flight Lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. He has worked on international standards committees in the military and is keen researcher. He has a keen interest in remote/rural and public health and sees DAISI as an integral part of supporting the health development of the western province of the Solomon Islands and is committed to returning on a regular basis once qualified.

Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi – Treasurer

 Email Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi      0433 116 266
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi is a plastics advanced trainee resistrar from Royal Perth Hospital, who spent 2 weeks in Solomon Islands in January 2016, doing mainly plastics and hand/tendon surgery.  He plans to return on a regular basis and has been instrumental in organising the donation of much needed medical supplies.

Dr. Gary McKay – Secretary

 Email Dr. Gary McKay      0411 248 910
Dr McKay, a surgeon from Sydney has spent just over 4 years with his wife doing volunteer medical work in developed countries. Dr McKay’s recent trip to Gizo hospital for 2 weeks in December 2015, involved him, 4 nurses and a surgical registrar doing 2 weeks of operating. He performed general and colorectal, and some gynaecological surgery (hysterectomy). He and his wife Roshini (also a nurse) visit the last week of July and February each year mainly doing colorectal cases at Gizo hospital. His main interest is teaching nurses and doctors.

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