Manukau Courier : December 2nd 2010
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International medic: Dr Nick Fancourt is heading to the United States after landing a Fulbright science and technology award. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK Doctor's quest takes him to US By MELISSA KINEALY ' My first choices are Harvard and John Hopkins but I'm applying to six different ones and will find out in February. It's very daunting -- they are right at the cutting edge. ' Dr Nick Fancourt Winning an international award is set to help an ambitious young doctor in his quest to improve children s health. Manukau SuperClinic paediatric registrar Nick Fancourt was up against 174 applicants from 81 countries when he scooped one of 43 international Fulbright sci- ence and technology awards. The $350,000 award will cover the full cost of the 27-year-old s PhD doctoral study in public health at a United States university. My first choices are Har- vard and John Hopkins but I m applying to six different ones and will find out in February, Dr Fancourt says. It s very daunting -- they are right at the cutting edge. His studies will be aimed at improving health and devel- opment outcomes for chil- dren, especially those from low socioeconomic back- grounds. I ll be studying the patterns of and influences on childhood diseases, particu- larly how they are affected by social factors such as pov- erty. He first saw the link between poverty and poor health while he was on work experience in Taranaki. He watched a mother-of- four burning soiled nappies to warm her home while her children had preventable illnesses including pneu- monia and asthma. Sometimes people struggle to conceptualise the import- ance of what happens in our own backyard. A large part of his work at the Manukau SuperClinic is talking with families about factors that contribute to ill- health such as smoking, overcrowding and even access to a car and a phone. It can be difficult for some families even getting to the clinic, he says. On a six-week placement in Gambia he saw how challeng- ing it was for people to access healthcare. People walked for a couple of days just to get to a clinic and queued during the night just to see a doctor. You only have to be around that for a few days to discover a severely deprived situation. Dr Fancourt s studies will begin in August next year. Fulbright New Zealand was established in 1948 to promote mutual understand- ing through education and cultural exchanges between New Zealand and the United States. Prayer book home A medieval prayer book that s travelled thou- sands of miles and been seen by tens of thou- sands of people is back on display at Auckland Libraries. The Rossdhu Book of Hours spent four months on loan to the parish of Luss in Scotland to mark 1500 years since the introduction of Christianity there. Reverend Dr H Dane Sherrard from Luss says interest in the prayer book was overwhelming. We know that just over 62,500 actually came specifically to see the Book of Hours while it was in Luss. For a tiny community of just 102 people that is truly remarkable. Among those to view it were Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall. Books of Hours were popular from the late 13th to the 16th century as prayer books to be read in private by ordi- nary people. The book s first owner was probably Scottish noblewoman Elizabeth Dunbar, Countess of Moray, who lived at Rossdhu near Luss. Her Book of Hours was bought by Sir George Grey in 1863 and gifted as part of his private col- lection to the citizens of Auckland in 1887. It s now back on dis- play in the Shades of Grey exhibition at the Central City library until January 29. Go to www.george grey.org.nz to view a digital version of the 220-page book or visit the website at www.aucklandlib raries.govt.nz to search the text.
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