DAISI does not receive government funding with all DAISI volunteers paying their own way and working voluntary with no salary. DAISI only sends volunteers to countries in the South-Pacific that it has a current contractual Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with. The emphasis is always on providing services and teaching where it is most needed.
Dr. Sepehr Lajevardi – Chairman
Dr Sepehr Lajevardi was the elected Treasurer for DAISI from 2015-2017, and the elected Chair of DAISI in 2017. Dr Lajevardi is a plastics advanced trainee resistrar from Concord Hospital, who, along with Dr Mckay, founded DAISI first volunteering in the Solomon Islands in January 2016, doing mainly plastics and hand/tendon surgery. He returned again in June 2017 and returns on a regular basis. Dr Lajevardi has been instrumental in organising the donation of much needed medical supplies and organising funding grants for DAISI projects.
Dr Danny Kozman – Vice Chairman
Dr Danny Kozman was elected the Vice-Chair of DAISI in 2017. Dr Kozman is a colorectal surgeon from St George and Bankstown hospital in Sydney who first visited Honiara and Gizo hospital in July/August 2016. Dr Kozman is keen on teaching all aspects of colorectal and laparoscopic surgery and performed the first open ultra low anterior resection for rectal cancer at Gizo hospital amongst 27 other operations that visit. Although Dr Kozman has a wife and young kids and a busy practice in Sydney he is committed to developing colorectal surgical services in the Solomon Islands and is a key coordinator of a laparoscopic course planned for June/July 2017 at Honiara & Gizo hospitals. Dr Kozman would also like to see an exchange program where surgical trainees can visit Australia and New Zeakand and do observational rotations in surgical units to increase their surgical exposure.
Dr. Gary McKay – Secretary
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Dr McKay is the elected Secretary of DAISI from 2015. Dr McKay is a colorectal surgeon from Sydney who spent just over four years with his wife Roshini (also a nurse) doing full-time volunteer medical work in developed countries. Dr McKay and Roshini visit the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara & Gizo hospital the last week of June and February each year doing larger colorectal cases at NRH and smaller cases at Gizo hospital. Dr McKay was instrumental in establishing DAISI. His main interest is teaching nurses and doctors various aspects of colorectal surgery and he is also a keen supporter of international exchange electives for doctors and medical students.
Dr. Eric Yip – Treasurer
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Dr Eric Yip was elected the Treasurer for DAISI in 2017. Dr Yip is an anaesthetist who works at Ryde Public and Mater Private Hospital, and has been a key participant in shipping medical supplies to the Solomon Islands. He visited National Referral Hospital and Gizo hospital in Feb/March 2017, and plans to return to the Solomon Islands in Feb/Mar 2018.