Doctor joins ENT program

By LYNDAL GAWEN ? BY THE time all the new applica- tions have been applied, the Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Depart- ment at the Rockhampton Hospi- tal will be one of the more progres- sive in Central Queensland.

A new full-time position has been created and filled by Dr Mar- inus van Splunder, of South Afri- ca, who brings with him 20 years of experience as an ENT specialist and will head the department.

Dr van Splunder will have a new office and a department with new equipment such as a $77,000 operating microscope and over $40,000 worth of eye surgery in- struments.

The cream on the pudding, how- ever, is the approval by the Royal College of Australian Surgeons to train interns and registrars.

This makes the department more attractive to specialists and means young ENT specialists who train in the area are more likely to stay in the area or remain region- ally located.

"I think it will be one of the first departments to really be able to fulfil the needs of the society,'' said Dr Francois Malan, part-time hospital ENT.

Prior to the recent additions, Dr Malan and Dr Evan Matthews shared the responsibility of the hospital's ENT patients on a part- time basis with their private practice.

Dr van Splunder, who is on a three year visa he hopes to extend, is excited by the possibilities which will allow him to broaden the "standard'' parameters of ENT practice.

"I will be working alongside with other departments like speech pathology and audiology.



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