Time has flown by! We finished our contract in Laj on January 31 and flew home for almost 4 weeks where we had lovely times wining and dining, camping on the beach, and catching up with our amazing friends and family.
But the dollars were starting to dwindle, so we thought we better put down the pinot and brie and haul arse to our new home for the next 7 weeks: Kowanyama. For all you peeps out there who find Google maps all too much, its on west Cape York, around the same latitude as Cooktown.
After Laj, we had no expectations about what we would find here. Lajamanu was pretty challenging, a baptism of fire! Lovely community members individually, but the community as a whole did not function very effectively. The town, clinic and houses were run down, services were limited, the clinic was understaffed and under equipped, the town has lots of litter, camp dogs etc.
Well people, it could not be more different here. Kowanyama is super tidy by comparison, people here take pride in their appearance and homes, flowers are grown and tended in the front yards, lawns are mowed. Outrageous! It almost looks like a caravan park! The clinic is new and flash, it has its own X-Ray room which a couple of the senior nurses operate, the support staff are there every day, ON TIME!!! and we have 4 Aboriginal Health Worker trainees who are enthusiastic and wanting to learn from us all. There are proper commercial planes that fly in and out, a well stocked shop, post office, takeaways. English is fluently spoken here and the people treat us with respect and friendliness.
We haven't been put on call as yet, but that starts next week. But it seems that only a couple of calls after hours are the norm, which is amazing when 8 was about the average in Laj. The only problem with such a high functioning community is that we won't be raking in the overtime dollars nearly as much! Oh how demanding we are!
We will post some photos of the community soon, maybe over the weekend we will be able to get out and grab some picturess xxx