Rachel is a beloved and valued member of the ORH team, having been involved since 2005. Supervising the preparation and smooth running of the operating rooms, Rachel does all that she can to make our international staff feel as comfortable as they can in a foreign operating environment. “It is an honour to be an ORH team member, because it gives me a chance to help people, especially children. More power!"
I work as a Practice Nurse for Tristan de Chalain in Auckland. My role includes assisting in the Operating Theatre. I was privileged to join Operation restore Hope in 2013 as a volunteer.
Originally from San Miguel, Bulacan in the Philippines, Hector joined Operation Restore Hope in 2002. He studied nursing at the Centro Escolar University in Manila and went on to practice nursing all around the world, before settling in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland and works as a Cardiology Research Coordinator for North Shore and Auckland City Hospitals.. Hector loves returning to the Philippines each year to see the children of Operation Restore Hope, to catch up with family (and also to indulge his love of delicious Filipino food!)
I am a theatre nurse with over 30 years’ experience working in the healthcare sector in New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Israel & Saudi Arabia. Knowledge of all areas of the Operating Room, specialising in scruband surgical assistant. Positions include Melanographer ‘in training’, Senior Theatre Nurse, Theatre Sister, Theatre Manager, Training & Development Practitioner, Theatre Education Facilitator, ENT & Gynaecology Resource Coordinator.
I am currently working as a Theatre Nurse mainly specialising in Plastic Surgery. I am enjoying my role as surgical assistant or scrub nurse and looking forward to the challenge of working with Operation Retore Hope in the Philiilpines. I'm sure I will find it extremely rewarding.
Anaesthetic Nurse / Theatre Co-ordinator
Andre was born in the Philippines and lives in Sydney, Australia. He joined ORH in 2005 as an Anaesthetic Nurse. When he’s not managing the Day Surgery and Day of Surgery Centre at Sydney’s St George Private Hospital he co-ordinates supplies for each annual mission. He also plays a vital role translating Tagalog into English and vice versa. Andre loves being a part of the ORH ‘family’ and the special bonds of friendship and experience that each team member gains from a mission. He also gains immense satisfaction from the opportunity to aid his fellow countrymen and future generations of Filipinos. “The knowledge that I have in some way assisted to better a child’s life from disfigurement, pain and suffering and contributed to their physical and mental wellbeing going forward keeps me coming back”.
Registered Nurse – Recovery
Anne joined ORH in 2005 along with her brother Andre. She works at Westmead Hospital in Sydney as a Recovery Nurse. Anne is proud to be a part of the ‘ORH family’ that is caring, compassionate and devoted to helping the Filipino community. The best part of the mission for Anne is seeing the change pre-operatively to post-operatively. She also loves being witness to the reaction and joy of the mothers and fathers of our patients upon seeing their children after surgery. As a speaker of Tagalog Anne is a key member of the team being able to translate from Tagalog into English and vice versa.
Registered Nurse – Recovery and Ward
Since 2001 Pearl has been coming back to the Philippines as part of ORH. As a Registered Nurse who speaks Tagalog she plays an important part both pre and post operation, translating instructions and details to patients, parents & relatives, surgeons and anaesthetists. She feels privileged to be able to help her countrymen in such a meaningful way and to see the reaction of parents after their children have had a cleft operation. For Pearl ORH is also a chance to meet different people from all over the world who come together to work on the mission. “The Philippines is blessed to have all these surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses from overseas coming each year to help us”.
Registered Nurse – Anaesthetics
Desiree joined the ORH team in 2007. She has always wanted to be involved in a mission and as a Filipino she is thrilled to be able to get involved with ORH in the Philippines. In Sydney, Australia Desiree works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Consultant within the Anaesthetic Department at Westmead Hospital. Although Desiree was born in Sydney, most of her relatives originate from the Philippines. “This experience has given me the privilege of working with a great team of people, all with the same goal of helping the local community of Caloocan”.