Dr. Tim Nicholson – Chairman
Dr Tim Nicholson is a urologist from Orange and elected Chair of DAISI who first visited Gizo Hospital as a volunteer for 2 weeks in June/July 2014 with a subsequent visit in July each year. He set up endoscopic urology at Gizo and performed the first TURP on 1st July 2014. On each visit he was accompanied by his own anaethetist Dr Tsung Chai & Dr Ian Carter and his daughter Jacqui, a surgical registrar. On the first two occasions he took his own scrub team. Dr Nicholson has been instrumental in establishing DAISI being the first DAISI member to volunteer in the Solomon Islands. His philosophy is to teach and train basic urology to local nursing and medical staff, and encourage outreach visits to Gizo from the Honiara urologist.
Dr Gareth Iremonger – Vice Chairman
Dr Gareth Iremonger, an aerospace physiologist, flight lieutenant in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, residant doctor at North Shore Hospital in Auckland and elected Vice Chair of DAISI did his medical student elective at Gizo hospital from November 2015 until January 2016, spending over 3 months working full-time at Gizo hospital. Half way through his rotation, he and another medical student were the only foreign aid in the emergency department, with Gareth largely responsible for treating emergency cases. In his role as Vice Chair of DAISI he has successfully placed over 30 specialist doctors and 20 medical students on placement in the Solomon Islands, and organised a number of donation transfers to the Solomon Islands. Gareth plans to return to Solomon Islands in 2017 with a particular interest in supervising medical students during their elective in the Solomon Islands.
Dr. Gary McKay – Secretary
Dr McKay, a general & colorectal surgeon from Sydney and Secretary/founder of DAISI has a commitment to developing world medicine. Dr McKay studied medicine at Newcastle university where he was president of the Third World Interest Group (TWIG) responsible for sending medical students to developing countries for their final year electives. Dr McKay spent four years with his wife Roshini (also a nurse) doing full-time volunteer work and established Vision 2000 Community Health Centre in a slum district of Chennai, South India in 1994. More recently Dr McKay and his wife Roshini visit the Solomon Islands twice a year organising volunteer surgical visits to various hospitals in the Solomon Islands including Honiara, Munda, Gizo & Kirakira. Dr McKay’s main interest is working with current surgeons in the Solomon Islands teaching various aspects of general, colorectal and laparoscopic surgery. Dr McKay is also a keen supporter of international exchange electives for doctors and medical students.
Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi – Treasurer
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi is a plastics advanced trainee registrar from Royal Perth Hospital, and Treasurer for DAISI who spent 2 weeks in the Solomon Islands in December 2015, and again in July 2017 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. Sepehr has also been instrumental in establishing DAISI as a registered not for profit charity. Dr Sepehr is responsible for preparing the annual budget report for DAISI.